Laughing can be the best medicine. Laughter eases the mind and relieves the tension. According to recent studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits including muscle relaxation, positive heart and lung stimulation, and an increase in oxygen intake. So, how do you make someone who is fighting cancer laugh? Family and friends usually know the patient’s preferences, interests, and what brings them joy and laughter. A funny movie, joke, or a visit to an amusement park can bust a bad mood and lift their spirit. Many cancer survivors claim that laughter helped them in the overall healing process.
Learning about the diagnosis is a great way to support them. Cancer patients will appreciate it because it means that someone took the time to research about their illness to learn more about it. The Internet is a great source of information. There are great blogs and personal stories of cancer survivors who have been in similar situations and who beat cancer. That will give you a better understanding of the illness, symptoms, treatment and how to approach the patient. Inspiring stories of overcoming cancer are uplifting and motivational.
Another thing family and friends should do to encourage a person who suffers from cancer is to continue with a regular routine and everyday activities. Moreover, it's important not to treat them differently after the diagnosis. They're still the same people. Try to avoid looks of pity and continue to act naturally in the company of someone who’s struggling with cancer.
The support of family and friends is especially important when someone deals with cancer. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it and be the best kind of support your loved one needs during difficult times.
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