What can I do to help?‟ you ask.
Well, stand by, because the answer is „Plenty‟.
The book “What Can I Do to Help: 75 Practical Ideas for Family and Friends from Cancer’s Frontline ” is available to borrow from many cancer information and support centres, or your local library will get a copy for you. If you want your own copy – and it‟s something you may want to dip into regularly – the list price is £7.99 but it‟s available on Amazon for less.
ALL of the author‟s royalties will be paid to Macmillan Cancer Relief.
We don‟t usually recommend books but this one is exceptional. Deborah Hutton discovered that her irritating cough was in fact Stage IV lung cancer which had already spread to her bones, lymph nodes and possibly her liver. Before she died she wrote an amazing anthology of practical examples of ways in which friends and family, often themselves reeling from the shock of the diagnosis and feeling just as helpless and at a loss what to do can make a real, substantial difference.
Macmillan have a large directory of books written and published worldwide, which have been reviewed by Cancer Voices. If you go to the web version of the directory at www.macmillan.org.uk/cancerpublications you can search for a particular book and read the reviews. For example to find ‘Breast cancer. Answers at your fingertips’ type ‘fingertips’ and click ‘Go’. This will display basic information about this book; to read more, click on the title and scroll down to the bottom where you will see the option to download a pdf of reviews.