What to say to a cancer parent
Cancer is a shocking disease and people will deal with the diagnosis in many different ways.
Unfortunately, some people just don’t know what to say. In most cases we know that this isn’t because people don’t care, but because they care a lot and don’t want to upset us.
Naturally there are also going to be people who just try to ignore the situation, but I’m not going to waste my energy on them.
Although we’re back on the cancer rollercoaster, we still want to try to stay grounded. We also want to laugh and be happy. We don’t want to feel we have been abandoned.
Personally, I’d be happy to get a message that goes a bit like this:
Hello, how are you doing? I don’t really know what to say because the situation is so shit, but I am thinking of you. Here’s a funny story I overheard on the bus …
I’m also a fan of GIFs, Bitmoji, funny memes and silly videos … Send them all!
If you send me a message and I don’t reply straight away, don’t worry. I will reply when I can … Often answering messages at the end of the day can be therapeutic.
Thanks for reading