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BCAM: October 17th

If you follow Always Write on a regular basis, then you will know that I am reblogging Abigail Johnston’s posts on her blog, No Half Measures this month for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM).

I asked how I could help, and that was one way I could help out, even though my reblogging button is not working now. This article has five wonderfully helpful tips for assisting those who are sick. so you don’t have to trip over your two left feet thinking up ways to be gracious. And now to Abigail…

“What Can I Do to Help?”

Those of us who are terminally ill often hear — what can I do to help? For all of you who are wondering how to help, read on …

Know first that it’s very hard for people to ask for help in general. I had to force myself as it did not come easy to me. I’ve always been super independent and wanted to manage without help but like I said before, it takes a village and help is always needed.

So instead of asking how can I help, be specific about what you want to help with and when.

1. EVERYDAY LIFE – Tasks like childcare, grocery run, rides, meals, other type of errands is always helpful. Ask specifically how to help with each task.

2. GOOD COMPANY – Join for hospital visits, doctors appointments, hang out while in treatment; although covid makes all this hard right now. Being a patient, always, for the rest of your life is so boring so making a fun day out of it with a friend helps a lot. Continue reading

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  1. This is timely as I am part of “the village” helping a dear friend whose cancer is being managed by chemo but not is not curable. Today I broke my rule of not taking people in my car and we took a picnic and sat by a lovely lake for an hour. We wore our masks and both talking and watching all of the wildlife. I do a lot of listening!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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