It can be hard for a friend to hear that a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Young or old, supporting someone undergoing treatment is an important step to recovery. Here's some advice from patients for people who want to support their loved ones as they battle breast cancer:
Be an open ear
Sometimes they just need someone to hear their story.
"When I was in decision-making mode, it's all I could think about or talk about," Victoria Irwin, a breast cancer patient, told Fox News. "My friend listened to me over and over again. I think she learned more than she ever wanted to, and she helped me formulate the questions I needed to ask at doctor's appointments."
Keep offering help
Friends and families of breast cancer patients often try to help by offering prepared meals and other forms of gifts. At times it might be hard for a previously independent person to take aid. However, it's important to keep offering your assistance, even if it's turned down at first. Gauge the situation and offer help on a new day if necessary.
Join the national fight
Your support will make a bigger difference it you join the movement to find a cure and spread awareness. First, look around your town for local organizations, then do your part to volunteer or donate to larger groups. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a variety of ways to contribute, such as starting a fundraiser funding mammograms for women in need.