Within a week of being diagnosed with breast cancer, a good friend of mine had enough dinners to feed an army. Learning that a friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer is shocking, and springing into action is often how we cope. Here are creative and helpful ideas you can be help a friend after a breast cancer diagnosis.
1. Organize meals. It sounds basic, but when a mom cant cook meals for her family for months without becoming nauseous, it can wreak havoc on a household. Volunteer to make sure she has dinner each night, or let her know that youll make sure her childrens (and husbands) lunches are prepared and waiting for them in the carpool each day.
2. Good old fashioned babysitting. Whether you volunteer to take her children for an afternoon of distraction (and giver her some peace and quiet at home), or offer to keep one child entertained for an afternoon so that Mom can have some coveted special time with another child, your friends lack of energy will make this favor incredibly valuable. Or hire a babysitter and treat her to a movie for the afternoon to get her mind off the stress of treatment.
3. Offer to drive the carpool on her day - or organize other friends to do it. If her children arent in carpools, she may still need help getting them to dance classes, piano lessons and basketball practice.
4. Mow her lawn. Whether or not your friend usually takes care of her yard or has someone on hand with a green thumb, letting her know that youll make sure her yard is taken care of means shell have one less item on her familys to-do list. And if shes had surgery, you can bet she wont be excited to push a lawn mower for a while.
5. Take care of the grocery shopping. Knowing that her refrigerator will remain fully stocked with snacks and lunchbox items, even if she lacks the time or energy to do the shopping, will be a huge help. Just swing by her house to pick up her shopping list, pick up her groceries while youre getting your own, and youll make her life that much easier.