What to Say to Someone with Cancer (and What Not to Say)
Oh gosh. At least ten times a week, I get an email informing me of the (wretched!) news that yet another person has been diagnosed with f-bomb cancer. Not just breast cancer. Any kind of cancer. All kinds of cancer. The theme always remains the same. Time and time again, people ask:
What can I say?
What can I do?
What ‘should’ I not do?
Well, I thought I’d (re)share with you the ideas that I’ve had as both a patient and a nurse going through the experience. Here are the “cloudy” questions/comments (you know…the ones that leave room for improvement) and the more pleasing (as a patient, anyway!) Silver Lining things to say.
Speaking on behalf of patients everywhere (if I may), the majority of us know that you all try your best. We really do. Here are just a few better options to express what you are feeling. Thank you in advance for helping to take care of us!