Tips for Helping Cancer Patients

When a loved one gets diagnosed with cancer we want to help, but often don't know how.

We were joined by Lifestyle expert, Krista Colvin -- who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of this year.   Krista showed us some great ideas on ways friends and family can REALLY help.

Here are Krista's tips:

• Tell them that you're thinking of them/praying for them/Here to support you...
over the well meaning, "my aunt had... xyz cancer, she beat it, you can too" or here is how to beat it via xyz book etc.

• Thinking of you via cards, notes, facebook messages, etc. preferred over phone calls, Instant Messaging on FB etc.

Helpful Gifts
• Binder with pocket dividers, paper, pen.
• Small notebook to jot down notes
• Envelope to collect business cards in.
• Baked Goods
• Medicine organizer
• Treatment Basket or Bag

Do
• Texts or a quick call "I'm at the store can I bring you anything... milk? bread?"
• Snacks: fruit, muffins, ready to eat/on the go.
• Meals: prepared + easy to clean up.
• Be the "Designated Appointment Driver"
• Be the "Note-Taker"
• Be the "Child Care Provider"
• Be the "Cook"
• Help Schedule Appointments
• If you are close... the tell them what you are going to do instead of asking what can you do.


Useful Sites
•Lotsahelpinghands.com -- Site helps you create + organize your community as to how they can best help. [I created a small team of my girlfriends to help me manage 3 areas: SELF.HOME.ENDEAVORS]

• CaringBridge.com --  A CaringBridge website is personal, private and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love and support in the guestbook.

• The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org

You can follow Krista as she "kicks cancer in the butt" via her blog.

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