Surviving Cancer with Help from Friends
When my good friend Pat was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 11 years ago, it was devastating news.I wanted to help her in any way I could. One of her biggest challenges was getting rides to her medical appointments. So I got an email list of her friends and set up a schedule for them to take turns driving her to appointments, staying to visit and sometimes fixing something for her to eat. Pat has expressed that this truly made a difference in her ability to cope with her situation and recover from cancer.
How else can you help a friend diagnosed with cancer?
Here are some tips:
Be a good listener
Don’t tell her/him how to feel
Take notes and be an advocate
Help her understand what she needs
Keep a light hearted approach
Make a funny cake
Pamper with special gifts
Leave messages on her voice mail
Give phone numbers of other cancer survivors for her to connect with.
Bring food or groceries
Throw a hair cutting party
Ask people to send her cards.
Join her in helping other cancer patients
Provide rides to her therapy and Dr. appointments.
This last tip, helping other cancer patients with rides, is exactly what my friend Pat
set out to do. Having experienced how much this had helped her, she became active
in an organization called Drivers For Survivors (DFS).
Pat is now an 11 year cancer survivor and helps other cancer patients on a personal level
by sharing her experience. She has become an inspirational community volunteer and a
board member for DFS.
Drivers For Survivors is a 501 nonprofit public charitable organization that provides
free transportation service and supportive companionship for cancer patients.
This service is provided to all medical-related doctor appointments for those undergoing cancer diagnosis and
treatment within a 60 mile radius from DFS Fremont headquarters, freeing them to focus on their health and essential treatment.
Since we all know people with cancer these days, lets do what we can to help make their journey a little bit easier.