I have joined this community in the hopes that I will be able to gain some knowledge, insights, advice, or strategies of how to be a better caregiver.
About a year ago, a friend of mine was diagnosed with brain cancer. This is the third time that she has been diagnosed with cancer over the course of her life. She is exceptionally strong, independent, and private. I think the world of her. However, her stubbornness and shyness can make her difficult to help sometimes. I generally feel that my support and presence is enough but lately, I can see that she is really struggling with treatment and I feel like I am useless in doing anything more than serving as a distraction.
For the first time, she is beginning to ask me serious questions to which I do not know the answer. Furthermore, there are things she says that clearly communicate that she is wanting to give up and I do not know how to respond.
The typical strategies that I have found through my research don’t really work on her, given that she is so independent and private. So, I am posting this in the hopes that someone will be able to give me some more specific advice on how to motivate, reassure, cheer her up, and convince her that she can rely on me. Any recommendations of where I can look to do more research would also be helpful.