It’s not always easy asking for help, but it’s often the best thing you can do when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares ways others can pitch in to support you after your diagnosis.
Accepting help can give you a chance to prioritize and be present, while allowing your loved ones to feel useful. Here are a few ways to make accepting help during cancer easier:
When people offer help, accept it. Think about specific ways that people can support you such as running errands, assisting with daily tasks like meal preparation or helping to arrange childcare.
Recognize that you don’t have to do it all. No one expects you to handle everything. Accepting help will ultimately get you back on your feet sooner.
Don’t assume you are imposing on others. People wouldn’t offer assistance if they didn’t want to help. Accepting their help will give those who care about you, opportunities to feel useful.
Make a list of things you enjoy and like to do. Have a friend come over for coffee, take a walk or play a game with someone who wants to help. These are great opportunities to be with the ones you care about, too.
Asking for and accepting help after a cancer diagnosis can be challenging. Remember that the supportive people in your life want to show they care. Allowing others to help can often be an act of kindness to the ones you love.