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Dear Dish-It: My Aunt Has Brain Cancer

Dear Dish-it,

My aunt has brain cancer. I need help dealing with all the stress - how do I stay calm and not think negatively? I just can't help stressing ... I cry myself to sleep almost every night! What do I do?


Sadness

Dear Sadness,

Sometimes when we hear bad news, our first instinct is to curl up in a ball, hide and hope it all goes away. Hiding from your problems causes a lot of fear and anxiety - otherwise known as stress. That's normal when we receive horrible and unexpected news, like a family member being diagnosed with cancer. But now, it seems like you need to reach out, be comforted by the adults in your life, get real information regarding your aunt's illness and be able to spend time with your friends. You are dealing with overwhelming events and feelings, and it's VERY important that you don't deal with this alone. Talk with your mom, another family member, a school social worker or counsellor or spiritual adviser about your thoughts and feelings.

There are tons resources on the Internet and in the library. You can check with your local library, or in your school. However, I would suggest that you check with the adults in your life first...before you reach out to resources on the Internet.

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BeautifulBelle
I am so sorry for all the frustration and anger you're feeling, love. Have you tried talking to your mom? I can say I know a little of what you're feeling. Have you tried writing in a journal or talking to a friend? Just be there for your cousin if you can. That is not okay, just abandoning your family without a reason. Hang in there.
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american_brit
I'll say it again, it's not weird. I know plenty of guys who can't do those things and plenty of girls who can.  She's your sister. Your YOUNGER SISTER. Therefore, she must be inferior to you when it comes to this kind of thing, right? Nope. That's far from the truth. And you're not the only guy who experiences this kind of thing.
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Heyyyyy_
Heyyyyy_ posted in Family Issues:
its not weird, she juss wants to look good.  if u think tht its weird or ur envious of ur sisters look, then u should give it a try.
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sweettoothfan
"9bella" wrote:its not weird my yo more yunger sister can run far more pacers than me my younger sis can beat me in arm wrestling and can do push ups and chin ups while i can't. you gotta admit that makes it weird. i want to think its fine but its not. 
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momika45
momika45 posted in Family Issues:
I feel so unwanted.. My father is gone so I only have my mom and other family members.. Plus her stupid boyfriend. My mom has compleat lay disconnected from my family bc they all think her bf is bad for her. They were just looking out for her! So now I only have my siblings, friends, mother, and her STUPID BOYFRIEND!! And to top it all off, my uncle decided he no longer wanted a family, so he just packed up, and left. Just like that. He left my 7 yr old cousin, HIS DAUGHTER, at the age of SEVEN! For no absolute reason! What do I do now..?
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