Support Services > Thoughts of a Cancer Patient
- Don't avoid me. Be the friend or loved one you have always been.
- Treat me as you always have; I am the same person now as before I became ill.
- Touch me. A simple squeeze of my hand can tell me how much you care.
- Call me to tell me you're bringing my favorite dish. Bring food in disposable containers, so I won't have to worry about returns.
- Cry with me when I cry. Laugh with me when I laugh. Don't be afraid to share this with me.
- Take me out for an afternoon, but know my limitations.
- Call me before you visit, but don't be afraid to visit. I am often lonely.
- Send me a message you've taped so I can hear your voice or a video tape so I can see your face.
- Help my family. I am sick, but they may be suffering.
- Don't tell me not to worry.
- Don't deny me a chance to make decisions with my family.
- Bring me a positive attitude. It's catching!
- Tell me what you'd like to do for me and, when I agree, do it!
Adapted from a publication of the Cancer Information Service of
Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
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