Cancer: what to write to someone who has it

Cancer: what to write to someone who it

Cancer these days is not
usually a death sentence

Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the heart of anyone diagnosed with it. These days, however, it certainly does not have to be a death sentence; more and more cancer patients are surviving either to full-term life expectancies or for many good years they wouldn’t otherwise have had, even as little as a decade ago.

For a list of all 12 articles in this series on how to write well to people dealing with death, bereavement and other life sadness, click here. 

As you may already know, I’m a 2 x cancer survivor (so far) and am still very much alive and kicking, and have every intention or remaining so until I’m well into my dotage. Thankfully, increasing numbers of my friends and co-cancer patients are looking towards a similar future.

However, when we find out a friend or relative has cancer and we want to drop them a line to show how much we care and support them, it’s essential to realize that it’s a very sensitive time, and you  need to recognize the following key points to help you write. [Read more…]