There were quite a few questions about why I focused on FBC (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers) rather than on cancer as a whole. Well, the simple answer is that FBC is the FC (f-bomb cancer) that I had and can therefore speak to directly. However, I know all too well from my experience as a nurse that many of these statements are applicable across the cancer continuum. Indeed.
Oh, the other thing that is worth reiterating: every person’s experience is different. Kind of an obvious statement, I know. These suggestions are just that: suggestions. And gentle suggestions at that! When in doubt, I highly recommend asking your loved one what would be helpful to him or her.
My intent in sharing these “clouds” and “Silver Linings”is to build compassion (both for the patient AND the friend) and to illustrate behaviors and words that many cancer patients appreciate.
This one is a doozie that many readers have heard:
Anything that you’d like to share? As always, I sure appreciate your feedback and input!