Most people know someone who has been touched by cancer. If not yet, chances are you will.
Cancer is a difficult and scary battle for patients and their families to face. That is why we are helping our readers understand some ways to come alongside people walking this road full of hills and valleys.
1. Get Educated
If you have a loved one who is battling cancer, one important way to support them is to learn about some of what they are going through. Read up on their specific type of cancer, the treatment options, and the side effects of the treatments they are going through.
Having some knowledge can help the patient feel like they don't have to spend too much time educating you. Bringing others up to speed can often be exhausting. Many people withdraw from sharing because they feel like people don't know much and it will take too long to fill in the gaps.
If you read some scary information or statistics make sure you keep those to yourself unless they bring it up. They are most likely scared enough without adding on anything else.
As you get educated make sure you use reliable sources and not just people's opinions or personal blogs.
Keep reading tomorrow for more info!
Guest post written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC, a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling.