This Is What Friends Are For

Having breast cancer is a life-changing experience.  This is a good time to reach out to people in your life and let them reach out to you.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help – you can return the favor later.  Even if this is the first time in your life that you have ever asked for help, learning to let go and reach out – or simply letting others in – can help you save time and conserve energy.  Often your friends and family will want, and even need, to help you.  Letting them do things for you will help them deal with your diagnosis and relieve some of the stress from your life. 

 

Start keeping a list of things that friends can do for you.  This is especially helpful when you have small children.  Keep this list handy so you can easily assign people jobs.  Here are some things that your friends and family can do:

  • Provide rides to your health care and other appointments.
  • Help with household needs such as babysitting, shopping, housecleaning, cooking, and taking care of pets. 
  • Do research into treatment issues and available resources.  Health libraries and online services may be very useful.

 

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