Ask for Help!
Now that we have curled up into a ball and cried ourselves into exhaustion, let’s get down to the next important lesson you will learn: you can’t get through this alone.
I had a huge support network of friends and family to help me during my cancer journey. I hope you do too, but if you don’t, here are some organizations that can help you get the resources you need to get through this difficult time. (https://www.cancer.org)
Here is the next lesson you will have to learn, and this one is going to be difficult for many of you. You need to ASK for help. Everyone wants to help. But most of your friends and family will not know HOW to help. Or they will be helpful in the wrong way. If you don’t speak up and tell people what you need, you may end up with a freezer full of lasagna’s, but need to take an UBER to the treatment center (Don’t laugh- that happened to me!)
A Little Help from Your Friends
When you are diagnosed with cancer, it affects everyone around you, and the feeling of helplessness is hard to overcome for you and your support network. People want to do something, anything! Anything to let you know they are there and willing to help with anything you need. But they don’t know what you need. You may not even know what you need. And as your treatment continues, the help you need may change.
As the exhaustion of chemotherapy accumulates, daily tasks and chores become harder to accomplish. So why not take up the offer for help? I had my friends and family do the laundry, prepare meals and run errands. And do you know what I learned? I wasn’t a burden. My family was so excited I asked for help, they would take unpaid vacation days and drive through rush-hour traffic just come by and help me with the laundry. The feeling of doing something, even if it’s just a simple as folding your socks, allows you and your friends to feel less helpless.
And the best part of asking for help from your friends? You don’t go through the cancer journey alone. I had a pair of friends that came over every week to do the laundry. Granted, I had a washer and dryer in my apartment and they didn’t, so this was mutually beneficial for both parties, but we would spend hours watching Netflix, smoking pot and getting the chores accomplished. This allowed me to relax without the anxiety of a giant dirty laundry hamper laughing at me for needing to lie on the couch all day.
So don’t be afraid to ask for help, this also applies to marijuana. Ask us for help! Torrey Holistics prides itself on knowledgeable cannabis consultants who love to help cancer patients during this difficult time. Ask us anything you want to know about cannabis and cancer; we want to help you feel better!