How To Help Me:
Developed by members of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation Support Group as a resource for how friends can be of assistance to an individual or family coping with a diagnosis of a brain tumor.
Being of assistance to an individual is a wonderful gift. Being of assistance to a patient, who is unable to complete even the most routine of tasks, is priceless. Equally priceless is being of assistance to a patient caregiver. The brain tumor journey can be equally as daunting for both the patient and the caregiver and there are countless ways in which you can provide assistance to both.
First, start by making the statement “I want to help you” and complete the statement with something like “I have Thursday or Friday from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm available to come do laundry.” Follow that statement with the question “Which day works best for you?”
Believe it or not, the statement “I am available on X day” shows greater forethought and greater sincerity. It has far greater meaning than the statement “let me know if I can help.” If you truly want to be of help, rephrase your statement, and you’ll see what a difference a few words make. Below is a list of ways in which you can be of assistance to the patient and/or the caregiver: