What To Say (And Not To Say) To Someone With Breast Cancer | HuffPost Life
By Anne Krueger July 14, Pin ellipsis More. Getty Images. How to support people with breast cancer through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Start Slideshow. Image zoom. Whether your friend or family member is newly diagnosed or in the midst of treatment, she's unlikely to be wowed by vague offers or having to do your thinking for you.
What you should — and shouldn't — say to a breast cancer patient
And then there was the friend who lived a few states away and who, just a couple years out of her own double mastectomy, came to town without being asked and spent the day with our thenyear-old daughter — to distract her, to spoil her and to care for her while I went to my first, very nerve-wracking, post-surgery appointment. So how did everyone know what to do? Sometimes it came naturally; sometimes the knowledge was hard-won.
Editor's note: We're bringing back this popular piece from October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and because, well, good advice is timeless. Are comments like this meant to be hurtful? Absolutely not. Breast cancer patients know that their loved ones are worried, too. No, breasts are not essential to survival except perhaps for newborns , but they are part of our bodies and, for some women, they can be much more: a huge part of their femininity, their sexuality, even their identity.