Take an active role in their next steps and seek out worthy organizations to support.
Some people prefer to share their diagnosis with friends and extended family to build a strong support system right away
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. That’s why when your loved one finds out that they have cancer, it’s important to show your support in any way possible.
No matter how eager you are to help, however, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. Perhaps your loved one doesn’t know what to ask for and you don’t know what to offer.
If you want to be supportive but aren’t sure where to get started, here are just a few of the ways in which you can be helpful:
Participate in discussions with doctors
After a cancer diagnosis, each successive doctor’s visit can feel even more overwhelming than the last. Help your loved one prepare for their appointments by reading up on what to expect. Then, work with them to come up with a list of questions to ask in advance.
If you can, tag along for the actual appointment to make sure that they don’t forget to ask their questions and to help them remember any instructions from the doctor for follow-up actions. Knowing that someone else is there to listen and to remember anything important can help your loved one stay relaxed.
Gather family members together to share the diagnosis
Some people prefer to share their diagnosis with friends and extended family right away, while others want to take more time to process the news either by themselves or with their immediate family only.
You shouldn’t push your loved one to share the news before they’re ready, but you can certainly offer to do your part in making the announcement easier when they do decide to share the news. Perhaps that means organizing a formal gathering for friends and family, so that your loved one only has to share their story once instead of having dozens of separate conversations.
Alternatively, some people diagnosed with cancer may find it easier if someone else spreads the news, so that they don’t have to talk about it or answer questions that bring up difficult sentiments.
Since different people prefer different approaches, the best way to support your loved one is to express your desire to help and perhaps offer some of the different options above.
Help prepare your loved one for the path forward
While every treatment plan will look a little bit different, it’s important for someone with cancer to be well-versed in what to expect during the path ahead.
Whether that means chemotherapy treatments, surgery, lifestyle changes or a combination of all three, having someone to do the research with them will help make the road ahead less frightening. You can also help them learn how to use any equipment that they’ll need, such as a wheelchair, an ostomy bag or any other items or tools that they’ll need to incorporate into their life.
Sometimes, the best way you can help your loved one prepare is to put them in touch with someone who has been through a similar process.
Discover organizations that are doing great work to combat cancer
While supporting your loved one’s individual journey is important, another way to show your commitment is to link up with other organizations that are doing their part to help combat cancer on a larger scale.
If you don’t know where to get started, take a closer look at groups that local organizations actively support. For example, First Bank Texas works with Hendricks Health Care, the American Cancer Society, and Cancer Services Network.
“It is important to First Bank Texas to be involved in our community and what is important to the people who make up that community,” said Darbi Bratton, First Bank Texas’ Compliance Officer, VP.
Supporting cancer-related nonprofits also supports the people who live in our towns, go to our churches and we see every day while meeting our banking needs.”
Whether you provide financial support, volunteer, or, there are many ways to help these groups deepen their impact. You can also make sure to give your business to companies that support these organizations. Not only will you be making a difference in the long-term battle against cancer, but it’s another great way to remind your loved one that you and so many others truly care.
For more information about First Bank Texas’s corporate social responsibility efforts and work with organizations combating cancer, click on the “First Bank Cares” tab at www.go2fbt.com.
Or, if preferred:
Call 325-674-1885 or visit First Bank Texas to start planning your financial goals.
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By Jessica Levy from First Bank Texas
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