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We’ve all had that feeling of not knowing what to say and when to say it. When someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, your mind may go blank and you may be at a loss for words.
It is natural to feel awkward, sad, nervous and even speechless during this intimate time. The best thing you can do in this type of situation is express support and encouragement for your friend.
Here are a few options for what to say someone newly diagnosed:
The best medicine is often listening to someone express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Listen to your friend’s words and follow their lead. If your friend is open regarding treatment options, engage in conversation and ask questions. If they are giving vague and short responses, do not pry for deeper information.
As time goes on, stay connected and follow-up with your friend to see how they are doing. Talk about topics other than cancer. Share laughs, funny stories and special moments. Make plans to get together, compliment when the moment is right and provide comfort when it is needed.
How do you comfort your friend? Tell us in the below comments.
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