Welcome guest blogger Stephanie St. Martin. Stephanie is a Senior Marketing Associate for Care.com (http://www.care.com ), an online community that helps families find care. She lost her mother to stomach cancer in March 2008 and is working to provide resources and find help for those battling cancer. Take it away Stephanie!
There are many challenges that are unique to young women diagnosed with cancer. So often, they are the youngest person in the waiting room and are surrounded by friends who have no frame of reference for what they’re going through. In addition to fertility, sex and intimacy and body image challenges, they experience isolation. Online support groups like BrightPink.org and YoungSurvival.org can be incredibly valuable.
So often friends rally around asking what they can do. Besides pray – to whomever, and make it go away – forever, it’s hard to know how friends and relatives can help. Here are ten ideas to help a friend battling cancer. (more…)