Support for cancer patients

Kim Hamer, Widow & Founder of Exactly What They Need, shares advice on how to best support somebody who has a cancer
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Support for cancer patients

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There are so many different ways that you can support somebody with cancer. For instance, send them a joke a week, an email a week. One of the things we forget when someone is in crisis, we forget to remember to laugh. You can be their driver to doctors appointments or the hospital to get treatment. Sit with them while they get treatment. You can buy them a recorder or be their recorder, so they can jot down notes about the doctor speaking to them so they can remember all the things the doctor says. If they have children, you can take their children every Saturday. The idea about helping somebody with cancer is to put yourself in their shoes. What would make me feel better if I were in their shoes? Do that for the person whom you love.

Kim Hamer, Widow & Founder of Exactly What They Need, shares advice on how to best support somebody who has a cancer

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100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving A Friend Through Cancer or Loss

Kim Hamer is the author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend through Cancer or Loss, a modern, essential how-to guide offering tips on what to say (and NOT to say), and specific ways to support and love a friend, co-worker or family member who is coping with cancer, loss or any crisis.

Kim Hamer became a widow after her 44-year old husband lost his life to cancer. Their children were 12, 9 and 7 at the time. Before and after her husband’s death, friends and supporters came up with unique, creative and simple ways to help her family. She called them “acts of love” because it’s what they felt like.

Her book is a fun, straightforward compilation of many of those acts. The mission of “100 Acts of Love” is to help everyone understand and embrace their importance in the lives of their friend in crisis and to provide the tools and courage needed to support them in a truly meaningful and helpful way.

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