In honor of one of my best friends (aka Bunks) who fought and beat breast cancer (yay) I’d like to share her 3 tips when helping a loved one going through treatment:
1) Cook a meal (make sure it’s light and won’t upset his/her stomach), volunteer to babysit, buy groceries, run errands, or order a book or magazine they like.
2) Don’t be silent. Call them just to say 'hi' and let them know you're thinking about them. You don't always need to talk about cancer, tell them about what's going on in your life to get their mind off what's going on in theirs. Tell them a funny story to make them laugh or bring over funny movie and watch it together. If you are still at a loss, donate to a cancer society in their name.
3) Do something for them even though they may not ask. Make sure it’s not intrusive and won’t require them to do work. Example: Go to a chemo appointment with them. Bunks said it was really nice to have friends experience what she went through.
We are in awe of our loved ones who valiantly fight this terrible disease. Since they fight it so bravely, we can at the very least offer our support.
Do you have any good tips to share when friends face cancer?