Practical Grace: How To Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer (Part 3)

Practical Grace: How To Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer (Part 3)

Scripture tells us that “they will know us by our love.” When a loved one goes through a trial, we have an opportunity to show them the love of Christ by being a present help and support.

When a friend, family member, or loved one receives a diagnosis of cancer, it can be uncomfortable. Often people fear saying or doing the wrong thing.

What should you say? What should you do?

In part 3 of the Practical Grace series, I’m sharing what IS helpful to say and do when a friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Read more for 18 tips for how to be a friend to someone with cancer.

Practical Grace – How to Not Be a Friend to Someone With Cancer (Part 1)

Practical Grace – How to Not Be a Friend to Someone With Cancer (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered what to say or what not to say to someone with cancer? In the three-part Practical Grace series, I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned through my experience as a caregiver for someone with cancer, and through my own personal battle.

No one likes nor wants a diagnosis of cancer. Just the word makes us uncomfortable. Worse, many are uncomfortable around those who have been given the diagnosis. You know people with this diagnosis right now.

In part one, I share how to not be a friend to someone with cancer using actual examples of conversations I’ve witnessed or been a part of.

This article is a continuation of a post made o Facebook in January that clearly demonstrated the need for further discussion.

How To Support Someone with Cancer

How To Support Someone with Cancer

When someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s natural to want to jump in and help. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer multiple times, and most recently, when I received a diagnosis, people wanted to know what they could do to help. Even as I walked through it, I had other friends who were also walking a similar road and my husband and I desired to help.

Jesus gave us the commandment, “…Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35). You may be wondering how to support someone with cancer or how to show love to a friend who is going through a difficult trial, like treatment for cancer?

Dear Patient, Now I Understand

Dear Patient, Now I Understand

Now I understand. While I’ve always been empathic and cared for my patients, I never really understood, the way I do now…now that I’ve been on the other side of the desk. The doctor, the caregiver, and the patient. After all I’ve been through, I can see that God really will use our pain for our good and His glory.

Focus on the Next Step

Focus on the Next Step

Focus on the next step. Too often, we look at the mountain before us and that overwhelms us, so we think we can’t do it. Facing an entire mountain is overwhelming, but taking the very next step is not.