Easing the way for friends

Talking with friends about cancer can be challenging. This is not an easy thing to do but can make things easier for everyone. Sometimes, people offer ways in which they can help you, but in other cases you may have to tell your friends how they can help, for example, taking the children to school or coming around for a chat. Make the most of people’s strengths. Some people are great at practical support such as making dinners. Other people are better at emotional support and can sit and chat.

When friends stay away

Cancer can change friendships. Some friends handle it well; others cut off all contact. Friends stay away for different reasons. They may not be able to cope with their feelings or they may not know how to respond to changes in your appearance. Your friends probably still care for you, even if they stay away. They probably just don’t know what to say.

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