When someone you are close to has cancer, it can be difficult to know how to help.
To say that life with cancer can be a roller coaster would be an understatement. Some days will definitely seem better and easier than others. But it’s not just stressful and upsetting for the person living with cancer. When someone you are close to has cancer, it can be equally devastating, not least because it can be difficult to know how to support them.
Everyone copes differently with a cancer diagnosis. Their emotions can range from anger and frustration to disbelief, fear and refusal to accept the diagnosis. Some people may be able to accept the diagnosis and face their disease with strength and positivity. And often, these emotions will change from one day, week or even month to the next.
Depending on the type of person you are supporting, there may be times where you need to offer space, quiet time and to simply be there to listen to them. At other points, they may benefit from someone who offers positivity, distraction and fun. What’s important to understand is that there is no definitive guide to supporting someone with cancer. What they will need is to feel that you are in their corner, whatever they need at any given time.