Mother’s cancer diagnosis


Hi Brooke, my mother was just recently diagnosed with late stage lung & colon cancer. Until this point she’s been a very healthy individual, with no health issues, so this came as quite a shock to our family. I work professionally in the healthcare field so I have been actively involved in her initial care, taking her to appointments, and spent a good portion of February and March getting her treatment plan established, etc. I found during this time my self coaching work tapered off. At first I made the excuse that she’s sick, I have to give her my full attention, but now I realize I was just ‘buffering’ with my mother’s illness versus processing my emotions (fear, sadness, grief, helplessness, uncertainty, are just a few I’ve felt) surrounding her diagnosis. Can you give some guidance on how to process emotions that surface around a loved ones helth issues?