General information How to talk
If your partner, relative or friend has cancer, talking openly will help you understand their experience and build mutual trust.
Just because cancer treatment has finished, often the emotional effects of cancer stay with the person long after. Don't forgot to keep checking in and asking 'how are you?'
Before my aunt started treatment we made her a 'chemo survival pack' to help her deal with some of the side effects of treatment. We included nail strengthener, intensive lip balm, posh hand cream, ginger tea to help with any nausea, lavender oil to help her sleep and some DVDs.
One of my friends has been texting me very cheesy motivational song lyrics throughout chemo (accompanied by appropriate emoticon at the end of each line!). It lets me know she is thinking of me which means a lot.
When my partner was too unwell to go out for our regular coffee I took take away home to him so he didn't feel like he was missing out. We still had our coffee breaks together - we just had them at home.
You don't have to climb mountains to give something back. People affected by cancer may need help with simple day to day tasks like shopping or cleaning. Have a look at our volunteering opportunities to see if you could help.
Cancer can be the loneliest place. With your support, we can be there for all of the 1,000 people who hear the news that they have cancer every day.
What's happening near you? Find out about support groups, where to get information and how to get involved with Macmillan where you are.
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