May 21, 2008 - 9:59 pm
God bless you all and I'm praying for all of us to have a quick and full recovery!!! I'm having a problem with anger and I don't know what to do. I got leukemia last year, in my senior year of college, and had to drop out of school temporarily. I had lung problems before the leukemia and the chemo treatment made my lung infections a lot more frequent and worse.
Now I'm staying at home, and my dad is really busy working and trying to take care of me. I try to do my share of the chores around the house, but I feel bad that I can't help out more with shopping and other errands. Sometimes my dad gets really exhausted and blurts out things that are hurtful, such as "if I weren't here, you'd have to commit suicide."
I know he's really tired and I know he doesn't mean it, but when I hear things like that, it makes me really angry and I can't control my anger. I don't want to fight with him, but I don't know what to do to control my emotions.
Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with anger toward family or caregivers who say hurtful things out of frustration?
Thank you so much for reading this and best wishes for health and happiness :)
Sarah from Chicago, IL