If you have a friend who is going through cancer and the treatments that follow, you may feel powerless to help.
There are, however, certain steps you can take to support your friend through this very difficult time.
No matter the diagnosis, always be upbeat about your friend’s prognosis. He or she will need your words of encouragement.
Studies have also shown that a positive attitude can go a long way toward recovery. This positive attitude you carry around will be infectious and is exactly what your friend may need.
Always be there
Your friend may need you even for the smallest of tasks. Be willing to drop everything to watch a movie together or bring over favourite foods. Also be there when your friend is feeling discouraged or depressed.
Offer to go to the doctor with your friend
He or she may feel more comfortable if you are there for support.
Help your friend through the treatments
This is the hardest part of curing cancer and makes the patient very ill. While you may not be able to relate directly to what your friend is going through, you can be there to provide the much-appreciated support.
Cold washcloths for the forehead and assistance getting in and out of bed are just some examples of the physical support you can provide. The mental support will be shown through literal hand-holding and positive words.
Encourage your friend to eat
While going through treatment, he or she may not feel hungry. Food will be necessary in order to help restore strength. You can help by providing the specific foods your friend likes.
Rally the troops
Gather other friends around to assist with various tasks such as driving your mutual friend to the doctor, bringing over food and just being there to talk.
Your friend may feel the need to talk about the experience and when possible, you should always be there to listen. This will mean a lot to your friend and will show the true kindness your friend needs.
Remember, a little support will go a very long way. Your friend will need you for the long haul and your friendship will remain invaluable for many, many years to come. Cancer is very difficult, but it’s amazing what a special friend will mean through it all.