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My sister was just diagnosed with this. Anyone know what to expect and how I can be of help to her?
Welcome to Connect, @cheris. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. I’d like to introduce you to @major who also has small cell lung cancer. I’d also like to introduce you to @shortshot80 @merilee @mryzuch @amws who have non-small cell lung cancer. While the treatments for NSCLC are different, I think we can all offer you support, and give some thoughts as to how you can be of help to her.
You may also be interested in joining the Caregivers group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/caregivers/, where you’ll meet @burrkay who is caring for his wife who has lung cancer.
Cheri, perhaps you wouldn’t mind sharing a bit more about your situation? Do you live near your sister? Are you the primary caregiver? Is sounds like you are close.
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My sister was diagnosed last week with small cell lung cancer. We are very close but she lives 1000 miles away. It is so hard to know what to say or do. She has just completed first round of 3 days of chemo. Also dong PET scans and MRI and bone scans. .
My heart goes out to you Cheris. It is so hard to be a long distance caregiver. I have a couple of suggestions. Feel free to take them or leave them. Think about what you would do if you were nearby, and order similar services for her. Perhaps meal deliveries or a cleaning service. If she has a partner, what could you do to support him so that he can support her? Could you take on being the messenger to the rest of the family? She or her partner would only have to update you, and you could share by email or private Facebook group with the rest of the family and friends.
It is hard to know what to say. Take your cues from your sister. Listening closely will give you tips on what she needs you to say.
What do you think? Does this start giving you ideas?
@llwortman I wonder if you have any thoughts to share with Cheris as she seeks to understand her sister’s experience lung cancer from 1000 miles away. Please read her messages above.
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