Learning About Breast Cancer
I too was diagnosed with Stage 2 BC, had a double mastectomy, and am just about to have my final chemo treatment! I had to take leave of absence from work due to neutropenia, so I found myself home alone alot! I have one friend who sent me a funny card about three days after each chemo treatment, when she knew I'd be feeling my yuckiest. She also offered to drive me places (I was pretty wobbly and tired and often didn't trust myself to drive) just to get me out of the house. She also would offer to stop at the store to pick up anything I needed (seems like I was ALWAYS running out of fruit juices and I would have weird food cravings). But the best thing anyone can do is just LISTEN. We need to talk about what we're experiencing, how we feel, what the doctor said, what we read on the Internet, our fears, our hopes, our worries, etc., etc., etc. We can get repetitive so we need people around us who are patient and don't mind hearing it for the fifth or sixth time! ;-)) Oh, and bring her chocolate...it's about the only thing that tastes good throughout the entire chemo cycle!