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How to Support Someone with Cancer… As Told by You!

alt text Last week, CancerCare recognized World Cancer Day by sharing ways that anyone can offer emotional support to someone affected by cancer. We also asked our followers on social media to share your ideas. Here is what you had to say:

“Offer yourself. There is sooo much you can do to help. My support came from my amazing family and friends, prayers. I appreciated when people would bring me food, help me get to and from chemo. You can offer your time. It means a lot to those of us who have been through a life changing experience. Cancer is scary but a positive attitude, kind, encouraging, loving people in your life is key!!!” – Kimmie, from Facebook

“Call weekly to check in and find out how they are doing. I have a friend who does this and it's great to have that call to look forward to.” – Anna, from Facebook

“Compassion. Being there. Stay strong and positive…never give up!” – Aida, from Facebook

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“Take time to be there for them, really listen & help them through it. Even if sitting in silence, it is better than being alone.” – Sadie, from Twitter

“Plan something fun! No matter if it's in the house or a trip out of the house or whatever - having something to look forward to is helpful!” – Louise, from Facebook

“Visit and bring something to eat, bring a meal for someone homebound due to cancer, take someone to a movie, pray with that person, bring someone to a chemo treatment...” – Bonnie, from Facebook

“Remember the song 'People who need people are the luckiest people in the world?' I learned humility, I quickly learned to reach out and accept the love and support from my family, and dear friends. Honestly, I truly believe I could never have recovered, physically, emotionally, or sanely without them.” – Laura, from Facebook

“Come to their house and clean it. Don't wait for them to ask, say ‘I'm coming over to clean your toilet, would tomorrow work?’" – Beth, from Twitter

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“Offer to run errands, do laundry or clean house. For the person with cancer keep a journal each day as to how you feel for your doctor and for yourself later.” – Diana, from Facebook

“Keep moving. Try to do something you love every day...” – Marcia, from Facebook

The theme of this year’s World Cancer Day – “We Can. I Can.” – represents the ways that we can all lessen the global burden of cancer, collectively or as individuals. Thank you to all who shared your individual words of wisdom with us. Look at the difference you all make together!

Remember, cancer is an emotional experience as well as a physical one, and it affects patients, caregivers, families and loved ones. If you or someone you know could use some extra support, please don’t hesitate to call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) to speak with a CancerCare oncology social worker.

Posted by Claire Heyison on February 9, 2016 in Coping and Support

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