When a person first receives a cancer diagnosis they are often so overwhelmed by the diagnosis they have no idea what they need or what exactly to ask for. But they absolutely do need your help. If you have a friend or family member newly diagnosed with cancer do not make the mistake by making the blanket statement of, “call me if you need help.” They won’t call you simply because they are so overwhelmed with everything that is going on. They probably do not even know what they truly need at that moment, other than to get past their treatments.
Friends want to help, but often do not know what to do. Countless studies show that cancer survivors adjust better to the changes cancer brings to their lives, have a more positive outlook and often report a better quality of life when they have a strong emotional support system. Cancer patients need support from their friends and family. You can have a tremendous impact on your friend’s life if you stand by them throughout their cancer journey. Rather than offering vague help, try making your friend’s life easier by offering tangible, much needed support. Here are seven ways to help your friend with cancer.