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Personal Relationships

 

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How to be a Friend to Someone with Cancer

by Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP

“Hi, friend. I wanted to let you know I have some bad news. I have cancer.”
This moment has the potential to change everything, even between the closest of friends, as the lis­tener struggles with what to say or do next. But it shouldn’t.

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In Sickness and in Health

by Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW

While a cancer diag­nosis is given to just one person, it can have a ripple effect on everyone who cares about that person. For many cou­ples, the challenges that accompany cancer diagno­sis, treatment, and recovery can be difficult and long lasting. The words “in sick­ness and in health” take on an entirely new meaning when cancer enters the relationship.

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What Do I Tell the Kids?

by Bonnie Indeck, LCSW

If you’re facing the challenge of parenting with cancer, you’re not alone – many cancer survi­vors have children under the age of 18. A cancer diagnosis can be difficult, but talking with your children about it may seem equally challenging or even more difficult.

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