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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.


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…


I wrote this on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, while feeling afraid.My husband, Dan has been living with cancer for over four years. I remember, in the beginning, the future was a chalkboard that had just gotten hosed down, all of Read more…


Family Care Conference

This is the 2nd post in a series on having a family care conference. See part 1, “Family Care Conference: Getting on the Same Page,”  HEREMore Meetings?Your first family care conference might have felt overwhelming. No doubt, there were a Read more…


Family Care Conference

An illness like cancer affects not only the patient but also their spouse/caregiver, children, family members and close friends. Everyone has questions, concerns, and fears. A family care conference is an ideal way to help everyone learn exactly what the patient’s Read more…


Survival Rates

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month here are some statistics about survival rates from cancer.org.Survival rates for non-small cell lung cancer, by stageThe numbers below are calculated from the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database, based on people who were diagnosed Read more…


 “You look so good!”Who wouldn’t want to hear those words? There are times when complimenting a cancer patient doesn’t make them feel good. Disclaimer: Don’t feel one bit bad if you have ever done this. Read to the end to find Read more…


Praying for Someone who has cancer

Cancer can feel like a tidal wave. Often family and friends want to make a difference, but feel helpless in the face of such pain and adversity. If you are a Christian, praying for someone who has cancer is the best thing you Read more…


I used to live with guilt about whether or not my husband  got cancer because I was afraid he would. I told this story in my last blog post. You can read that here.Then one day I begin to think Read more…

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