I have stage 3 prostate cancer and I own it, so there. Now, bug off! See what just happened? For cancer survivors, like me, "cranky" might be a gross understatement. You, as a caregiver, may want to be part of my cancer journey, but don't want to step on any landmines along the way. Who can blame you?
But let's suppose you're itching to tell me about natural treatments. Nope, don't go there. I'm just getting used to my cancer specialists. Or, you may want to recount the story of your uncle who died a terrible death in the throes of cancer, but you're sure I won't end up like that. Nope, nope, and nope! Never compare someone else's cancer to mine. The shoe never fits.
As a sensitive caregiver, you want to empathize with the patient. Check. You want to soothe. Check. So, let's get started on this etiquette thing.
There you have it. Etiquette that you can ignore at your own risk or embrace it. Now, get out there and travel the cancer journey with your survivor. Just zip that lip and don't go overboard, and virtual-hug your way into the history books. Good luck to us. We’re going to need it!