Cancer is a major disruption to a person’s life. That’s no surprise, right? But do you know all the ways it can potentially disrupt their life?
Cancer patients have a unique set of needs, as the impact of both the disease and treatment affect multiple body systems. The road to healthy healing and a shorter recovery requires ongoing self-care. But self-care can get complicated becauseRead More
When someone you care about is diagnosed with cancer, it can be a challenge to know what to do to help. Typical get-well gestures like buying candy, flowers or balloons doesn’t quite meet the ever-expanding needs of cancer patients.
Most patients receive quite a lot of support, gifts and encouragement after their initial diagnosis. However, based on my experience counseling patients over the years, this is not when support is most needed. Patients actually report feeling overwhelmedRead More
The best advice I ever got was from a seasoned professor in grad school. She said when you don’t know what to say, or what to do to help a patient, “Just show up.” This seemingly simple bit of advice has been tremendously impactful in both my personal and professional life.
“Showing up” means you have put another’s needs before your own. It means you care enough toRead More