Co-survivors are people who support breast cancer survivors.
Ways to Support a Person with Breast Cancer
1. Just Call to Chat.
2. Send e-mails to co-workers and friends with your friend’s address so others can send cards and letters too.
3. Take up a collection for a day of house cleaning.
4. Cook & freeze meals for when s/he doesn't feel like cooking.
5. Throw a hat shower. Have everyone bring a cool hat to help deal with hair loss.
6. Bring a milkshake or other easily digestible snacks.
7. Just Call to Chat.
8. Take your friend to lunch and a matinee.
9. Drop by and help with some laundry.
10. Run errands (grocery shopping, post office, dry cleaner).
11. Just Call to Chat.
12. Schedule a manicure/pedicure together.
13. Wash her car.
14. Help with yard work (and chat while working).
15. Do an activity you both enjoy (depending on energy level).
16. Arrange a day of babysitting if s/he has kids.
17. Just Call to Chat (Did we mention that one, already? It's important!)
18. Go wig shopping and try on crazy colors (the crazier, the better).
19. Buy her/him a small gift.
20. And finally—don’t take "NO" for an answer. Keep offering to help.
This information provided by Breast Friends - helping women survive the trauma of cancer, one friend at a time.
For more information on what you can do to support the survivor in your life, please call Toni Mountain, Survivor Programs Manager at Komen Oregon, at (503) 553-3677.