Please donate. Mailing list. Finding out a person you love has breast cancer can be as overwhelming and distressing for partners, family and friends as it is for the patient.
Heather Lagemann started writing her blog, Invasive Duct Talesafter she was diagnosed with breast cancer in It was named one of our Best Breast Cancer Blogs of Read on to learn how her family and friends helped her through breast cancer, surgery, and chemotherapy.
Roughly one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. And so, in a way, will her family and friends. Or will it be the catalyst that brings families closer, fortifies marriages, and deepens friendships?
By Valerie Banner Monday, October 13, When visiting a friend with cancer, one of the most meaningful things you can do is simply listen, say social workers at MSK. Memorial Sloan Kettering social workers Meredith Cammarata and Liz Blackler give advice to anyone who wants to offer support to someone they know with cancer. After learning that a friend, colleague, or neighbor has cancer, you may wonder what you should do.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. For 31 days every October, pink ribbons and BCAM hashtags flood our social media timelines with information about breast cancer. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women lung cancer is the first.
By Anne Krueger July 14, Pin ellipsis More. How to support people with breast cancer through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
In fact, a new study finds that half of women have at least three people standing behind them, sitting next to them or waiting at home to help face cancer. In most cases, these support people are going with the patient to appointments, taking notes, finding additional resources and helping talk through treatment options. Having another person to help them process information is important," says Lauren P.
Justifiably, I was angry, hurt, and bitter. And I was working hard to pour my energy into the most pressing issue: continuing to heal from my bi-lateral mastectomy. Only my very closest friends and family members knew that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was important to me to make sure I gave myself the time and space to make treatment decisions without worrying about the perceptions and opinions of others.
Breaking the news of your breast cancer to family and friends can be very difficult, and you might worry about how they will react. You may be still be coming to terms with your diagnosis yourself. But, being open about your cancer can help you cope and also make it easier for people to support you.
We pink-ribboned everything, my friends wore pink on treatment days and posted their photos on Facebook to encourage me, and really believed at every step that I would beat this thing. And then it spread to my liver, and the game changed—while not hopeless, I am at best living with a chronic disease, and the statistics suggest that the median survival rate for MBC patients is three years. I am determined to defy those odds and I hope your friend will, too, but a shockingly low percentage of funds raised by famous breast cancer charities goes to stage IV research, hence our common hashtag, stageIVdeservesmore. Here are some ways my friends and family have continued to support me that I hope will help you to encourage your friend:.