• Does anyone else feel abandoned by their pre-cancer friends?

    Asked by shhwee on Monday, February 27, 2012

    Does anyone else feel abandoned by their pre-cancer friends?

    40 Answers from the Community

    40 answers
    • veedub's Avatar
      veedub

      XXX no!! not for my own cancer nor for my DH's. people have been rallying round like you wouldn't believe. there are a few people who have become distant, but that is their loss, not ours.
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      about 6 years ago
    • KiVier2011's Avatar
      KiVier2011

      It's my 20-year-old son that is diagnosed with brain cancer, and I'm the primary caregiver. Most of his friends have stopped seeing him, and rarely call him, but those that do I try to let them know I appreciate their efforts to see him and spend time with him.

      Unfortunately, many of my own friends have also stopped calling or talking to me. When I do run into them, I treat them like I would if I hadn't seen a dear friend in a while, and as if it doesn't hurt my feelings, and if they tell me they just don't know what to do or say, I let them know that I understand. I also let them know they CAN talk to me about safe topics like what our school-kids are doing, sports, the weather, a funny thing that happened the other day.... I invite them to join me for a cup of coffee, or lunch if I really want to unwind and enjoy their company.

      Since I started being more pro-active, my social life is much improved. I wish you the best, and hope you find the words and courage to let your friends know what you need. Sometimes just reaching out and inviting them to coffee is enough to get your calendar filled back up with friend time!

      almost 6 years ago
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      Deloresmealf

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      over 4 years ago

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