…offer your presence often and be a good listener when they are ready to talk.
…talk about things other than their cancer. Say, “I love you” and be yourself.
…ask what you can do to help – be sincere and specific so that they know you mean it. If they can’t come up with anything, ask again in another week or so.
…use disposable dishware when delivering food items to eliminate the stress of having to return them.
…arrange a phone chain or MyLifeLine web support page to update friends on their condition, treatment, etc. (Be sure to get approval first!)
…offer to help by driving them to appointments, taking their kids to childcare, and doing housecleaning, gardening, cooking, shopping, yard work, or babysitting.
…respect how they choose to deal with their cancer.
…tell them about the support, education, and hope they can find at Cancer Support Community!