What cancer patients really want you to do
The c-word is scary, and your friend may have a long journey ahead. They probably need you more than ever.
- •Support them over timeBeating cancer is like running a marathon, not a sprint; and not everyone likes to run! Remember to connect regularly over the months to keep them going through the process.
- •When in doubt, reach outIt can be hard for someone in treatment to make the first move. And no one wants to feel abandoned. — Include "no need to respond" in letters, texts or voicemails if possible - writing several thank you notes to everyone can be overwhelming for your friend.
- •Don't be pink ribbon cheese-yYour friend is still the same person as before they started treatment. If giving a gift, get them something you would normally!
- •Remember the last time YOU felt supported & lovedLet that be a reminder that it doesn't take much to brighten your or someone else's day. Small gestures can go a long way!
- •Be specific.Do NOT say "let me know what I can do". DO say: "let me know when I can take you to your favorite coffee shop." This lets you show the best way you are able to help them out, and lets a patient know what they can count on you for.