Do you know someone going through cancer right now? Here are 5 practical ways you can help them during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis.
1. Video call them instead of visiting
Many cancer patients (especially those on chemotherapy) will be self-isolating as a preventative measure. The general advice from the HSE is to avoid physical contact with vulnerable candidates but do stay in touch with calls/video calls instead. Staying home for an extended period of time can become very lonely and they’ll appreciate hearing from you so much.
2. Donate blood if you can
If you are healthy and well, donate blood. Many cancer patients rely on blood transfusions to stay alive. Keeping blood supplies stocked during this crisis will be even more difficult than usual. If you can, donate during these uncertain times and encourage others to do the same.
3. Shop and drop to their door
If you’re heading to your local shops or pharmacy, offer to ‘shop and drop’ any supplies your family member or friend might need, to their door. Take the pressure off them by suggesting you will leave the shopping at their door, no contact necessary. A simple text to say, “Do you need anything?” shows you care and will brighten their day.
4. Help them smile!
It sounds so simple but it’s so important. Cancer patients are among the ‘vulnerable’ during Coronavirus, and with all the media hype, many are feeling very scared and indeed, very vulnerable. If you can send a text, cook a dinner to leave at their door or give them a video call to say hi, do.
5. Play your part in limiting the spread
Wash your hands well and often. Practise social distancing. Listen to the general advice and be responsible. After that, there’s not much more we can do other than BE KIND to each other and get through this. And we will.
Do you have any more practical tips? What would you like your family/friends to do for you during this time? Leave your ideas in the comments below.
By Holly Kennedy, Happy Magazine Editor.