October is一 you guessed it一 Breast Cancer Awareness Month! You’ve probably read a lot about getting your regular mammogram scheduled this month, but there’s much more to Breast Cancer Awareness Month than the mammogram. In fact, you probably know someone who has won, lost, or is fighting a battle with breast cancer. While it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing you can do for your loved one, that’s not actually the case. So what is the best way to support someone with breast cancer? Here’s a few ideas.

How To Support A Loved One With Breast Cancer

Offer To Take Them To Appointments

In general, your offer will sound much more sincere if you specify how you’d like to help. Rather than asking if there is “anything” you can do, get creative and really think about what the person might need. If they are struggling with fatigue, offer to drive them to their next breast cancer treatment appointment with their oncologist (or any other appointment for that matter). Sometimes the little things are what matter in the great scheme of life.

Ask Them To Tell You How They Are Feeling

Showing genuine interest in the well-being of a loved one can help you find new ways to help support them. Listen with an open mind and try to put yourself in their shoes as they express their feelings and share stories with you. Through interactions like these, you will grow closer and provide support to one another. Keep in mind that some people prefer raw, unadulterated sentiment from their loved ones; others may be more sensitive. You know your loved one一 only interact with them at the levels they are comfortable with.

Offer to Help Them Clean or Complete Projects

Cancer treatment, like radiation therapy, leaves you sore, tired, and irritable. Your loved one may struggle to do certain household chores or complete tasks the same day they are started. Connect with your loved one on a regular basis and offer to help around the house. However, it’s important not to get offended if your offer is turned down. Some cancer patients find that they want the sense of control that home management gives them, even if it’s difficult for them to do.

Avoid Talking About Your Own Struggles一 Unless Asked

Your loved one is going through a very difficult time right now. It might feel helpful and inspirational to make suggestions and comparisons about how you recently overcame a difficult hurdle in your life, but it won’t necessarily help right now. Only offer solutions if your loved one asks you; they’ve spent many hours discussing their symptoms and care with a doctor already. It’s your job to be there for emotional and practical support now.

Cook Meals For Them to Keep In The Freezer

Even if your loved one is doing okay today, they may struggle next week. By cooking meals that freeze well, you are providing an easy meal for when a bad day strikes. Cancer treatment can get pricey, so eating out or getting dinner delivered can be a financial conundrum. Your pre-cooked freezer meals mean far more than you know.

Here at Rosetta Radiology, we want to remind women to schedule a mammogram if they are due for one一 it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, after all! If your first mammogram is coming up, prepare yourself by taking a look at how to prepare for your first mammogram. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of radiology experts right here in Manhattan.