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My sister has been diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. She had a double mastectomy and this Friday she is starting her chemo for 6 months. My question how can I show my support? I want to be there for her and I want her to know that I love her.

Sandra Valle Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Your sister is so lucky to have you stand by her during the toughest time in her life. Sometimes the biggest help turn out to be the smallest tasks. These things just turn up and you can be there to do them for her. Sometimes it is just your presense keeping her company. Sometimes it is doing those pesky errands. Sometimes it is watching a funny movie with her and laughing until you are nearly sick. Everybody has things that they need help with and to be there when they aren't having a good day. The greatest gift you can give her is HOPE. Don't ever give her lousy stories.... she WILL get through this, she WILL make it. You are her own personal ANGEL.... Blessings to you, take care, Sharon
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    • Sandra Valle Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks soo much! I just read your story and it's very inspiring. Like I said before, my sister is starting her chemo tomorrow and she is very afraid and I don't know how to make her feel better and positive.

      over 7 years Flag
  • frances pensato Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have stage 2 cancer and I had a mastectomy. my sister came by and helped me to wash my hair, change my bandages . this was a great help. Just ask her what she needs. I am sure she will let you know what she needs. I was very happy just to have my sister near. Trust me your sister knows that you love her. You have to be strong for her so she does not give up hope.I am sending you a big hug and prayer for your sister. Take care
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Everything the other ladies said is great advice. I would like to add something else. Plan some non cancer outings. My mom planned lunch and a movie cancer was not brought up once. My chemo buddy went camping one weekend. She gave up tents for a rented RV.
    over 7 years Flag
    • Sandra Valle Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I love your attitude!! You remind me of my sister.

      over 7 years Flag
    • shen cruces Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I can't agree more. My best friends took me on walks, went to yoga with me, came over to just hang out. She also put together a food drop off list and had different people make dinners during the post op recovery. People signed up over Facebook...

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      I can't agree more. My best friends took me on walks, went to yoga with me, came over to just hang out. She also put together a food drop off list and had different people make dinners during the post op recovery. People signed up over Facebook and she included any dietary restrictions. It was so amazingly helpful...plus it gave a way for friends who live close by who want to help but don't know how to help or feel like they might be intruding.

      over 7 years Flag
  • Sandra Valle Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thanks everyone for the great advice.
    over 7 years Flag
    • Mona Callender Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sandre honey your a wonderful sister BUT, don't baby her, the last thing she needs is anyone feeling sorry for her. In courage her take her out side sit with her read to her.....or whatever. Just don't let her know you feel sorry for her. Been...

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      Sandre honey your a wonderful sister BUT, don't baby her, the last thing she needs is anyone feeling sorry for her. In courage her take her out side sit with her read to her.....or whatever. Just don't let her know you feel sorry for her. Been there done this....your an angel....

      over 7 years Flag
  • blair greiner Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Drive her to chemo. Bring jolly ranchers her favorite magazine and LOTS of water. Check in daily. Ask her if she needs you to get her prescriptions to pick up. Find out what foods she is craving. Be understanding and flexible. Help her find comfort to rest. You are a very good sister just for inquiring!
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Just by being with her, she will know that you are in her corner. I was very disappointed with my younger sister. She doesn't work and had no children. She never even called to check in. I was diagnosed with stage 1A invasive. My 96 year old mother passed away right before I was diagnosed. I got support and phone calls from my mother's caregiver. I still talk every couple of weeks with the caregiver. Call your sister, show up unexpectedly. Just give her lots of hugs. Bless you for being there for your sister.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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