Ten Ways to Get the Support You Need
When building your support team, try to match a person’s strengths to the help you need. For example, if you are a quiet person, you might not want to choose a friend who talks a lot to sit with you during your treatments. But he or she might be happy to cook a meal, walk your dog or pick your prescriptions.
- Understand that others don’t always know how to help. Ask for specific things you need.
- Choose a point person who will update your friends and organize help with tasks.
- Choose your team from people you trust and whose company you enjoy.
- Include people who are good listeners and don’t offer unwanted advice.
- Include someone who can make you laugh.
- Avoid those who tend to bring a lot of “drama” with them.
- Don’t be afraid to say that you are not up for company.
- Think about joining a local support group, and ask your nursing team for suggestions.
- Follow the American Cancer Society’s suggestions for online support.
- Show appreciation for those who support you. Remember to say thank you.