Finding out your child has cancer is one of the worst things that can happen to a parent. Friends and family members wish to help but sometimes just don’t know what they could possibly do to make things better.
In the shell-shocked days, months and now into our second year of leukaemia treatment for our four-year-old daughter Yasmin, friends old and new have proved to be an invaluable aid and we don’t know how we would have got this far without them. Now we are nearing the end of treatment but we still need support. In this post, I’ve put together suggestions of ways, from my own experience, that friends can provide much-needed help.
You cannot go wrong with the simple words, whether in person or via a text message: “I’m so sorry to hear this. I am here for you.” It will mean a lot. With something as shocking and momentous as a child cancer diagnosis, friends often simply do not know what to say. They may be frightened of saying the wrong thing and causing more upset or they may find the whole situation just too upsetting.
However, to say nothing at all will only make things worse for a family already devastated by the news. You cannot go wrong with the simple words, whether in person or via a text message: “I’m so sorry to hear this. I am here for you.” It will mean a lot.