Psalm 20:2 - May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
It feels like it’s all around us.
Everyone seems to be talking about it and how it affects them.
It’s the one word that everyone is afraid they will hear from their doctor.
With all the funding and research that has gone on why hasn’t a cure been found?
Why must so many people suffer?
And what are they suffering from? Cancer
Though cancer has not come knocking at my door, I have loved ones who have had to battle this terrible disease. Though a cure for cancer has not been found yet, there are newer treatments every year. And the number of cancer patients has been going down in recent years. Knowing this can give us hope that a friend or loved one will make it through to the other side of cancer.
So, what can we do to help the one who struggles with cancer? You can find some tips in the article, “10 Tips for Supporting a Friend with Cancer,” from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, such as making a phone call and asking if it's a good time to visit and setting up phone teams to pass on updated information so that the cancer patient doesn't have to keep answering the same questions every time the phone rings.
Getting news that someone has cancer is one of the most difficult and painful sorrows that can come upon you. With God’s help and those around them, they can receive the support that will make all the difference. Choose to be part of that support.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.