For many cancer patients and cancer survivors with compromised immune systems, the novel (new) coronavirus (named COVID-19) outbreak may likely be a source of anxiety.
However, there are many ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the coronavirus (and other flu and cold viruses):
This video by Dr Peter Lin, a family physician from Toronto, explains very well what the novel coronavirus is and how we can protect ourselves.
The most important thing for cancer patients to remember is that their risk of being exposed to the novel coronavirus is low. The risks of catching a flu virus is still much higher. If you haven't already, make sure you talk to your doctor about whether you should have the flu vaccine.
Do you have any questions about the novel coronavirus? Leave a comment, call us on (07) 3859 0690 or send us an e-mail.
This is a guest post by Anne Ogden. I worked with Anne in St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane and she was a dedicated, compassionate counsellor to our palliative patients. She has since moved to Adelaide and now offers e-counselling.
Life changes. Relationships are complicated. And disasters happen. No wonder we get stuck. In the process, we try to make sense of what appears ‘senseless’. But it is hard. Often people turn to family and friends, which can be very helpful. But still we can end up going around in circles.
Nevertheless, when all else fails, professional counseling can be a very effective resource in order to gain a deeper understanding, and change the old patterns, or just deal with a crisis. Professional counselors are trained to offer support and build relationships that help you in a more objective, constructive and ethical way to move forward.
Counseling is about effective change and the enhancement of wellbeing. It can enable people to gain deeper understanding of their circumstances in order to deal with their lives in a creative, compassionate and life-giving way. In the long-term it can give psychological ‘toughness’ and resilience to face other issues.
Counselors journey with clients as they gain deeper understanding, encouraging them to make and claim their own insights and strengths. Counseling can help a client gain control on life and plan for the future, even if it is a very different future.
Technology has become an essential part of our lives. We use platforms such as Skype or Zoom to contact family or friends. Online counseling is one way for people who like this alternative method to face-to-face-sessions. It is convenient, safe and confidential. Some clients prefer to have telephone sessions.
If you are interested to know more about counselling or other support available, leave your questions in the comments section below or follow us on Facebook @moretonbaycancercare for updates
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