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Helping A Cancer Patient

At some point in their lives, most people are likely to know or be acquainted with someone who is unfortunate enough to be stricken with one form of cancer or another.

The very diagnosis of the disease is likely to be crippling in itself, causing untold fear and anxiety over an unknown, perhaps dreaded or prematurely curtailed future.

The victims is likely to be worried not only about their health (obviously!) but also about their family, friends ad perhaps even something as seemingly unimportant as their looks o their hair, when a doctor pronounces this terrible sentence. In these circumstances, it does not serve anyone for you to shy away from the victim Ė things are bad enough for them as it is!

In fact, your support and encouragement could be key factors in keeping the sufferers spirits high, as there seems to be little doubt that a patient in good heart is probably more likely to recover than one who is less favoured.

So, what can you do to help a cancer sufferer? Well, perhaps not surprisingly there are a wide range of things that you can do to make your friend or loved one feel more at ease.

1. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, donít do anything different! Thatís right, treat them the same way as you always have done. Donít be too hesitant or treat them too gingerly, as though they might break or fade away. At the same time, donít overdo it, however, by talking too much or perhaps playing too roughly with children who may be physically fragile. Just treat the person the same as you did before. Of course, if the prognosis is poor, you need adapt your attitude accordingly and not treat the sufferer like a fool by glossing over serious implications.

2. Be a good listener. Often a person with a serious medical condition that may, indeed, prove to be terminal may simply want to reminisce about the past, discuss future plans, or share difficult emotions. By making yourself available to listen can provide a fantastic and most generous source of support. Donít try to push or pry, however. Just e prepared to wait until the person is ready to talk.

3. Offer simple practical assistance. When you have time available, be a great friend and perhaps run errands or bring in a home-cooked meal. Pooping the mail in a postbox, doing the grocery shopping, and dropping kids off at sporting events can save the sick personís time and all too precious energy. Depending on how well you know the victim, you might want to help by spending a few hours each week cleaning their house, baby-sit, or cooking meals for freezing for future consumption.

4. Provide a transportation service, especially if the victim is weak or unable to drive, or if family members are not available to provide this service. Getting around is one of the greatest challenges facing people whose serious medical condition has caused them to become less mobile than they were previously.

5. Just generally try to be as upbeat and encouraging as you can. Send a funny get-well card, an inspiring note or even a amusing email, if you cannot access the victim in any other way.

6. Try to get other people involved in your efforts to assist the sufferer, as seeing a variety of different people will certainly be better for their spirits than seeing the same person time after time! Variety is the spice of life, after all, and never more so than when the patient has little choice about whom they see..

Of course, this is not a complete list, and no doubt that, whatever your circumstances, chances are there I something, however small, that you can do to ease the position of someone struggling with cancer. It will certainly be appreciated!

Submitted by:

Steve John Cowan

Steve Cowan is an Asia based businessman and writer. Get two free reports dealing with Self Help and Natural Treatments Cancer at http://webbiz99.com/cancer/free_report.html




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