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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.


Physical affection

Everyone’s personal comfort level when it comes to physical touch is different. I’m writing this from the perspective of someone who isn’t big on physical affection (except when it’s from my husband). That being said, I find great value in Read more…


What to Avoid Saying to a Friend With Cancer

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is what to say to support a friend facing cancer. Asking this question shows how much they care for their friend. People who avoid friends facing cancer often do so because Read more…


Ways to give financial support

This is one of those weeks when I’m struggling to come up with an idea for a new blog post. So I looked through some questions I’ve been asked on Quora and found one that I haven’t written about here. I Read more…


Living With Cancer A Day in the Life of a Cancer Patient

What does a day in the life of a cancer patient look like? I’m asked this question a lot by people who want a better idea of how to support a loved one who’s living with cancer. A couple of Read more…


Ways you can help a caregiver

In part one of The Who Cares for the Caregiver series, we learned who caregivers are, We also looked at the affect caring for someone who has cancer or another serious illness, has on them. In this post, I share Read more…


Caregiver Burnout

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, naturally, the primary concern on everyone’s mind is the patient. As time goes on, the patient’s primary caregiver often begins to experience caregiver burnout. In this series of posts, we will look at who Read more…


Job's Friends

Have you ever heard the term, “Job’s comforters?” If you’ve ever experienced a tragedy, especially one with your health, you’ve likely gotten a dose of what Job’s friends dished out to him.Job was a blameless and upright man (Job 1:1) who Read more…


Circle of Support

The Ring Theory-Finding Your Circle of SupportThe Ring Theory was created by breast cancer survivor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Silk Ph.D., and arbitrator/mediator, Barry Goldman. The gist of it is this: Comfort in. Dump out. Who you comfort, and Read more…


Visiting someone Who's Ill

This post about visiting someone who’s ill is from chapter 3 of my book, Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone who Has Cancer,Here’s what Jesus had to say about it:“Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared Read more…


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…

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