HOW I SURVIVED BECOMING A YOUNG WIDOW
In 2006 my husband was diagnosed with Large B-Cell Lymphoma. In 2007 he was cancer free. Then, in 2009 the cancer came back and four months later he was dead.
The journey from a family of five to a family of four was, as you can imagine, very difficult. (You can read about that journey here.)
The ONLY reason I'm still standing (and that my kids are sane human beings, for the most part) is because of the little and big things family, friends, co-workers and complete strangers did for us while my husband had cancer and after he died. If it wasn't for:
** my neighbor who changed the oil in my car
** the guy in the Costco parking lot who helped me find my car while I sobbed
** the care packages that arrived for the kids
and the 100s and 100s and 100s of other acts of love, I'd be ... I don't know where I'd be. I do know I would still be struggling.
EVERYTHING THEY DID MATTERED!
You matter, too!
Your friend with cancer or who is dealing with loss needs you.
100 Acts of Love is here to give you hope and answer to your burning question:
"How can I help my friend?"
THIS IS US NOW
THIS WAS OUR LAST FAMILY PHOTO
HOW DID PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO HELP US?
To be honest, if I had been my friend I wouldn't have known what to do either! While on this journey I did notice three common traits those who were extremely helpful had.
1. They got over their fear of doing the wrong thing.
2. They understood what they did mattered, no matter how small.
3. They said "This is what I would like someone to do for me." and they did that.
In essence they told their fear to take a hike and took action.
SAY YES TO EASY ANSWERS
Helping your friend deal with cancer or loss is not complicated. The hardest part is figuring out what to do and the second hardest part is finding the courage to just do it. It is my hope that this website will make both of those things easy for you!
You really do. Your friend or co-worker or family member needs the kind of act of love only you can provide. You are important. You matter. And it's not as hard as you think to show up.