March 18th, 2016
| Fighter: Hodgkin's Lymphoma
People fighting cancer, both patients and caregivers, need your help. Generally asking them what they need is nice, but offering a specific solution is even nicer. If you’re unsure of ideas to offer your time and help, read more below.
Cancer treatment can take a lot out of you, physically and mentally. A good caregiver is, of course, an essential part of helping you through treatment. But let’s be honest, even the most patient and caring of caregivers can get a little worn out with treatment, too. That’s when you need to rely on others to help both you and your caregiver.
One of the most common ways people start the conversation is by asking the question, “What do you need?”. Though this question is a very fair one to ask, I couldn’t help but think the response, “What don’t I need?” to myself. In these cases, the best thing other people did was TELL us what they were going to do for us, rather than ASK us what we needed. It is difficult to ask for help for the patient and caregiver, and puts a lot of pressure on us. I always appreciated when someone would just tell me what they were going to do for me.
The following are a few of the things friends and family did for me and my caregiver throughout almost five years of treatment:
Taking care of our home.
Lending a sympathetic ear.
There are so many ways to be there for a family member or friend going through cancer; this is just a brief list of the best things people did for me. Hopefully it can get you thinking on all the things, big or small, you can do for others.
What other specific things did others do that helped you during treatment? Share in the comments below!
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