You’re at a loss. You’ve just learned your friend or loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer. What do you do? How do you act? What do you say?
As I look back at my own actions under these circumstances, I know that I came up short. I said the wrong things and made some basic mistakes. Partly I could blame youth. But mostly I think that it was the fear that shadowed every interaction I had with my loved one. I was afraid of losing this incredibly important person, someone who was core to my existence. That fear clouded my judgement and my ability to be present for that special person.
I’m sure I’m not alone with these regrets. It might have helped to have had a toolkit or some instructions.
The guide: What not to say to someone with cancer is a resource for people like me. Now I’ve found another infographic, created by the Cleveland Clinic, called the 9 Best Ways To Support a BFF Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. My hope is that these posts can help others facing breast cancer, whether as patients or as caregivers.