What Are They Going Through?

Everyone reacts to illness differently, and you won’t always understand why other’s reactions can be so different from yours. That can be hard, but there are things you can do to gain a better understanding of how they feel and what you can do to help.

Listen.

Don’t force your loved one to talk about their feelings, but be there for them and be ready to listen when they feel like talking.

Learn.

Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition or procedure and ask the medical team questions when you’re curious or confused.

Be there.

Don’t distance yourself from your loved one because of illness. Figure out what you can do, even if it seems insignificant, and commit to doing what you can.