John A. on May 14, 2018
I have a close coworker that is out due to breast cancer that has gotten more severe. She is going through a very tough journey and I want to be supportive as much as I can. However, I am going through my own mental health issues. I was given her duties for work with no assistance or help from anyone in my department. The workload creates some serious stress.
Additionally, I have become a point of contact for many individuals who care about my coworker. I don't necessarily have a problem providing updates, but have found that three to eight individuals stop by a day. I feel bad brushing these people off, however, it has taken an emotional toll on me. It is not uncommon for individuals to cry and have long conversations. I've been in contact with my coworker. She doesn't mind the information sharing.
Does anyone have any suggestions for handling this better? I feel bad for appearing "weak," but the amount of pressure on me is not sustainable. I am considering sending an email blast noting that I can provide email updates when necessary, but would prefer minimize or eliminate disruptions from my work.
Any suggestions are appreciated. I'd just like to help the best I can, but make sure I take care of my own well-being.