Sometimes, actions can speak louder than words.
Small actions to support someone living with lung cancer can make a huge difference. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and it is the perfect opportunity to share tips of kind things to do for someone with lung cancer. We asked people living with lung cancer to share what helped them and here are the top 10 answers…
Offer to cook
What seems like a simple task to you or me, might seem humongous to them. Offering to cook will ensure they have a hot meal. Batch cook large dishes for the freezer so when it comes to teatime, it is easier for them to pop a meal in the oven.
Your friend might have to stay in hospital for surgery or treatments, when visiting, take them comfort items such as cosy blankets or cushions to make their stay a bit more comfortable for them.
Treat your friend to an audiobook or music subscription service to listen to during long chemotherapy sessions or hospital stays.
Visit them for a catch up
Often, we don’t want to share our own problems or concerns, we may feel like our own troubles are nothing compared to someone living with lung cancer. Sitting down for a catch up of things going on in your life will help them with keeping things as normal as possible.
Support with housework
They might be struggling with breathlessness or lack of energy. Helping them with household chores like cleaning or taking the dog for a walk will help reduce their workload.
People don’t like being a burden. Offering to take them to the shops, appointments, or wherever they need to go will help make it easier for them.
Visiting consultants, oncologists and doctors can be an overwhelming time. Sometimes it can seem like they are talking a different language. Taking notes will allow them to refer to what was said in appointments and if needed – ask questions.
Include them in plans
They are still the person they were before being diagnosed. Don’t forget to include them in plans and never presume they will be too ill to join in. Be sensitive, honest and realistic about what they can do.
Thoughtful notes and gifts
If you can’t be there in person, sending a thoughtful card or gift can be a great way to show them that you are thinking of them.
It is difficult, but you have to follow their lead. Every day is different when you are living with cancer – some days there will be highs, and other days, there will be lows. Listen to what they want and how they are feeling – often, people just want to be treated normally.
“The best thing to say to get things started, “How are you today?” – Simple – Light-hearted.“