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Category Archives: Supportive Friends

What do you say when you find out someone you care about has cancer? What can you do to encourage and help them? These articles will give supportive friends and family members practical advice on how to be there for your loved one through one of the most difficult journeys.


Survivor's Guilt

When you or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer, survival tops your priority list. As time passes, you meet other cancer patients. Some of them survive. Some of them die. Learning that one of your friends has died of cancer, always Read more…


What to Avoid Saying to a Friend With Cancer

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is what to say to support a friend facing cancer. Asking this question shows how much they care for their friend. People who avoid friends facing cancer often do so because Read more…


Living With Cancer A Day in the Life of a Cancer Patient

What does a day in the life of a cancer patient look like? I’m asked this question a lot by people who want a better idea of how to support a loved one who’s living with cancer. A couple of Read more…


Ways you can help a caregiver

In part one of The Who Cares for the Caregiver series, we learned who caregivers are, We also looked at the affect caring for someone who has cancer or another serious illness, has on them. In this post, I share Read more…


Caregiver Burnout

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, naturally, the primary concern on everyone’s mind is the patient. As time goes on, the patient’s primary caregiver often begins to experience caregiver burnout. In this series of posts, we will look at who Read more…


Job's Friends

Have you ever heard the term, “Job’s comforters?” If you’ve ever experienced a tragedy, especially one with your health, you’ve likely gotten a dose of what Job’s friends dished out to him.Job was a blameless and upright man (Job 1:1) who Read more…


Visiting someone Who's Ill

This post about visiting someone who’s ill is from chapter 3 of my book, Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone who Has Cancer,Here’s what Jesus had to say about it:“Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared Read more…


Hospice and Palliative Care

Curing vs. HealingThere comes a time when we need to switch from curative treatment to healing efforts. We can heal, even as we die. There can be healing of relationships, spiritual healing, letting go of the things that never should Read more…


gift

Confession: I’m a Terrible Gift Giver. I don’t know why. I just am. Each Christmas my sisters-in-law and I all exchange gifts. They are little gift bags of things that make life fun: notebooks, lotions, great pens, etc. I am always Read more…


Encourage

One of the questions I get most frequently is how to encourage a cancer patient or caregiver. After all, when we see someone going through something so difficult, it’s natural to want to encourage them–but how? The monster they’re up Read more…

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