How to act with recently diagnosed friend?


Question from Xan: My best friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She's always been such a strong, independent person. I don't know what to say to her, but I don't want to lose her either. Help!
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. The most important thing is to be there for her. Make yourself available to take her where she needs to go, and be there to listen and to support her. And when you are hanging out with her, she'll let you know how you can be most helpful. Just knowing that you care and that you're there will make an enormous difference to her. What a great friend she has in you! There are a lot of places within the Discussion Boards at Breastcancer.org where women list the things that would help them the most.

On Wednesday, May 21, 2003, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Taking Care of YourselfAnne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about exercise and nutrition, and other things you can do to nurture your body, along with strategies for finding emotional support, boosting your mood, and feeling good again.

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