Hearing the news that a friend or family member has cancer can be a shock so take a little time to cope with your own emotions. It’s only natural that you want to help. For some their first instinct is to cook food. The poor person with cancer probably doesn’t feel like eating but that’s where freezers are great. There will be a time the food will be greatly appreciated.
Others will probably offer sympathy and kind words. For many cancer patients they wish people would not say to “stop worrying” or that “they’ll be fine”. They cannot help but worry and being told not to only dismisses their stressful feelings. How do you know they will be fine? They do not feel fine about coping with the road ahead.
Don’t let this put you off talking with your friend. It is better to say, “I don’t know what to say” or a simple “I’m sorry this has happened to you” and even a few quiet tears together than to stop calling or visiting out of fear.
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