How to Be a Good Friend to Someone Battling Breast Cancer
“You’ve got a friend in me
You got troubles, I’ve got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and see it through
Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me” – Randy Newman
Finding out a dear friend has breast cancer is tough. You know their whole world just got turned upside down, they just entered into one of the most difficult periods of their life, they probably feel scared and uncertain. As a friend, you want to be there for her, but you’re not sure what you can do or say to help. Here are some ways you can be of assistance and also show support to a friend dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis:
Make a meal (or several!)
When someone gets a breast cancer diagnosis, one of the last things on their mind is what to cook for dinner. By bringing your friend a meal (or better yet, a few freezer meals for them to pop into the oven at their convenience), you’re taking a potential stressor off their plate and helping to make their lives just a little bit easier, which is a thoughtful gift during a difficult time.
Offer to play chauffeur
Your friend likely has a barrage of appointments in their future, including possible surgery, so offering them lifts whenever possible is kind, thoughtful, and helpful.
Follow your friend’s personal page
If your friend has a CaringBridge or a similar site to keep friends and family up to date on their treatment, make sure you follow/subscribe and leave encouraging comments. It will help make your friend feel supported and build a sense of community around her condition.
Learn to listen
Sometimes, what’s better than offering advice or words of encouragement is just listening. A breast cancer diagnosis can become all-consuming for your friend, and providing an outlet for venting frustrations and bouncing feelings off of can be a priceless gift.
Schedule some fun outings
In the midst of a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to make sure your friend still gets to do the fun activities she enjoys. Plan to go for a walk in your favorite park, go out for lunch or dinner and see a movie. Having fun and enjoying a little bit of normalcy is something that can be overlooked during this time, but it definitely shouldn’t be.
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