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What do you say to someone who has cancer? It’s so deeply personal and everyone experiences it differently. This fact makes it hard to give well-meaning support. Are you scared you are going to say something totally stupid, offensive, or even make your friend cry? If you are at a loss for words, let’s chat.
At age 32, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. One of the things that struck me the most is how tough it was to have genuine conversations with friends and colleagues after my cancer diagnosis. There is no other way to say it… people just get awkward. It’s well-meaning, and no one sets out to be this way… we just don’t know how to talk to people with cancer. The fear of saying something wrong paralyzes us.
So if you find yourself lacking the right words to say to a friend with cancer, here are some things that could help.
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