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Battling to cope with your diagnosis and symptoms? Reach out to a helpline for free support in Australia
The reality of physical illness can be disruptive to your life, impacting how you do basic tasks and the way you see yourself. A serious diagnosis can leave you feeling helpless, defeated, isolated, burdensome and afraid. There are 10 helplines in Australia where you can confide in a volunteer or counselor. Consider contacting them if you feel:
Depending on your illness, personality, age, lifestyle and home support system, there are a range of difficult emotions you may be feeling. Illness can be life-changing, and it is always unexpected.
You have the potential to face the challenges of illness with resilience and grace – but you do need support. By reaching to a helpline in Australia, you can talk with counselor or volunteer who understands the unspoken, emotional effects of physical illness. Contacting a helpline doesn't mean you're weak – it simply shows that you are human.