When a family member suffers from cancer, the whole family suffers…
Having a family member with a terminal disease is devastating for any family, let alone a family living in poverty. In recent months, MWLW ACT Center has been referred clients who are experiencing this. Most of these cases are referred to us by our partner, Sue Ryder Albania Association, an NGO that supports people through the most difficult times of their lives, giving the compassion and expert care they need.
The disease causes stress and fatigue among family members. In some cases, members of the family doubt the diagnosis, unwilling to accept the truth or families have chosen not to tell the truth about the disease, thinking the negativity will affect the psychological and overall health of the family. The costs for medical treatment are often unaffordable and become a source of psychosocial and economic stress not only for the patient, but also for the family. This puts everyone in a reality of social and economic imbalance.
Loss of jobs, loss of responsibilities, and the inability to help the family brings much anxiety and stress to the patient. Additionally, children who are exposed to family suffering are highly affected psychologically.
Other family members, who have lost their jobs due to the need to take care of the patient, need help and support, in order to afford the costs of medical treatment and the cost of living. MWLW ACT Center, in collaboration with other partners, is working to address their needs, making it easier to process grief and ease their pain.