What to Say

2 Dec


Many times, people just don’t know what to say when a family member or friend announces a cancer diagnosis.  Here’s a list of helpful things to say:

  • I’m very sorry to hear that.  I can’t imagine what you must be going through.
  • May I put you on my church’s prayer list/synagogue’s Mi Shebeirach list?
  • May I help you by [fill in the blank] driving you to doctor’s appointments, looking after little Benny, bringing over dinner, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn, shoveling the snow, going to the grocery store?
  • I found that [fill in the blank] really helped with the side effects of the treatment:
    • using Eucerin for dry skin (it’s thick and creamy and not greasy)
    • sucking on peppermints or cinnamon candies to help combat nausea
    • drinking unflavored sparkling water for stomach upset
    • avoiding coarse, sour and spicy foods to prevent irritating the mouth
    • lying down on your left side at night to help with digestion
    • clipping your nails immediately after a shower while they’re soft to keep them from breaking
    • using Boudreaux’s Butt Paste to help with sores on your rear end, etc.
    • May you live to be 120 (a favorite of the rabbi’s, from Genesis/Bereshit, and particularly empowering)

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