Cancer is the last thing anybody wants in their life. The harsh reality is that there are over 13 million people living with cancer in the United States. With numbers like this, most people know someone who has battled cancer at some point. While the number may be alarming, the challenges of cancer can be faced and defeated with support from others. It can be difficult to know what to do or say when a person that you care about is diagnosed with cancer, but there are a number of small things you can do that will make a big difference.
One of the best things you can do for someone who has recently been diagnosed with cancer is to listen to them when they speak about how they feel. Remember, this is a very turbulent time in their life and sometimes emotions may be difficult to understand. Some days they may seem okay and other days they may feel defeated, lost or scared. This is the time to really listen to them and be there for them the best way that you can be.
Remember that this is the person that you care about. They are more than cancer. Talk to them about everyday things. Involve them in your life in as many ways as you did before the diagnosis. While there may be physical issues that won’t allow them to do everything that they used to, it is still important to realize that they are still alive and they can still be a part of the world.
With so many medical advances, cancer does not have to mean a death sentence. People are able to beat cancers today that just a few years ago had grim diagnoses. There are a number of factors that go into each illness and everybody responds to treatment differently. Remember that a diagnosis does not reduce the person to simply suffering from a disease. There are new challenges, but as a loved one it is your opportunity to help them through the process by uplifting their spirits and giving them hope.
Cancer can really physically impact a person’s life. Even when the prognosis is good, the treatments can certainly have an impact. You can help through this process by offering to assist the person with daily chores, running errands, or just being there through the emotionally trying times. Some people really find solace in support from friends and family.
One of the absolute best things you can do is to educate yourself about the particular cancer that your loved one has been diagnosed with. Learn what organizations are out there that can help and what is being done to fund research. Often, family and friends join together to help fight against cancer through various cancer charities and organizations. What better way to honor and provide hope for your loved one than to assist them in the fight against cancer?