I didn't have anyone near us during our first two diagnoses, it was just me and Donna. She had to be the one to take care of me and anything that I couldn't so we didn't have any friends to lose in that case. We had just moved to Memphis and literally knew nobody other than the office I worked at. They were helpful, but it's not like living in your home town where you know lots of people and have family there. We got by just fine, but it sure would have been easier if there would have been people around.
During my third dx, we were back at home and were lucky enough to have family close by and what friends we have, there weren't any of them that were a part of my treatment, so no help, but didn't have anyone that we lost. On the other side of that, I had a few that asked if we needed anything, and also had competitors in our business ask if we needed help keeping business going or help with any jobs. That was a nice surprise. Sometimes you're better off without those who can't be there when needed anyway.