In the years since Poss’ diagnosis, my friendship circle has changed considerably. Old friendships, even the strong ones, have been tested and not all have survived.
It’s apparently not unusual; when a major shift happens, like a diagnosis, it’s not uncommon for one party to feel left out, isolated and alone, while the other focuses on trying to find their way in a new landscape.
Inevitably, like any relationship, if you don’t spend the time and put in the effort, it will eventually fall apart. I take most of the blame for these things – I know I can be a hard person to be friends with, but there were moments when I know we both could have made more of an effort to find a middle ground.
Maybe if we had of had some tips and insights into what to expect, maybe, just maybe a few of those friendships would have hung on? Maybe not. But I put together a few tips on how to be a better friend to someone going through a diagnosis, or who has been thrust into the role of a carer for their child.
You can check them out here, over on The Blue Room.
Let me know what I’ve missed. What would have been important for you?
Disclaimer: This post isn’t sponsored – I just happen to work at Bupa, so occasionally do some writing for The Blue Room. It’s a great resource, you should check it out. 😉