Trying to make my family accept I was in control of my treatment was very difficult. The difficulty was making my older sister give up control. She is an RN and and has been a wonderful supporter of me thoughout my life. She was used to me following her advice and her advice was always appreciated; however, when I was diagnosed I had every intention of choosing my own path with the team of my choosing. It was very difficult for her to accept, especially when I was prescribed percocet for pain. I choose not to go through the details here, only to say the hardest part of my treatment was to have my family question everything I did and accuse me of being drug dependant.
I continue to work on the emotional pain I've been caused by this experience. It was more difficult than the cancer itself! With the help of my therapist I've realized my sister's reactions were caused by fear. I followed my therapist's suggestion to call a mental truce and remove my sister as my "go to" person for medical issues. If I share them she takes ownership.
I may have vented more than I helped(: