Refinary 29 discusses how to talk to a friend with cancer

How Not To Talk To Someone With Cancer: A Refinery 29 Article

How Not To Talk To Someone With Cancer: A Refinery 29 ArticleThis month’s Refinery29 has a very personal article from our founder about what to say and definitely what not to say to people with cancer.

“When I Got Cancer, My Friend Said ‘I Wish You Hadn’t Told Me'” describes some awkward moments when she told friends about her diagnosis

…….”A very close friend said: “I wish you hadn’t told me you have cancer. I don’t know how to treat you now.” And then we talked about how awkward my diagnosis made her feel”.

But there were good discussions too

…….”Another thing that stuck in my mind was a friend saying “I’m sorry you have to go through this.” There was no pity or judgment. She was genuinely sorry for my experience, without feeling sorry for me”.

Cancer Care Parcel places a lot of emphasis in its articles on dealing with how to approach a friend or loved one who has a cancer diagnosis.  To find out more you can visit our Talking About Cancer section, or sign up for our eNewsletter.

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