Nice piece here that anyone who knows someone with cancer should read – “How to Act Around Someone Who Was Just Diagnosed With Cancer”.
I’ll summarize the major points for you:
- Listen and follow their lead.
- Be ready for “weird.”
- Don’t preach.
- Complicated isn’t bad.
- Talk about the right now.
- Don’t get off on my drama.
My favorite and the one that I always try to focus on is “LISTEN!”
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I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago.
It was a confusing whirlwind where I felt more alive than ever, then flushed with the irony of that, became scared and isolated. And then I just wanted everything to go back to normal.
What I realized very quickly is that people don’t know what to say when something like this happens. And as someone who’s been on the other side, I thought I’d write a little bit about what helped me and what didn’t.
Listen and follow their lead.
When I wanted to talk about it, I talked about it. When I didn’t, I didn’t. If I’m not talking about it with you, I’ve made that choice.
There is a circling-the-wagons thing that happens with a cancer diagnosis, and the information and the fear and the mood swings can only be entrusted to…
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