Partners in Healing: What to Say, Do and Give When a Friend is Sick


What If You Could Get a Cancer Survivor’s Advice to Help Your Sick Friend?

Someone you love is fighting a serious illness. Watching that struggle is one of the hardest challenges you can face, specially if you are involved in caregiving. It can leave you feeling helpless. What can you say? What can you do? What can you give? How can you support that special person during this difficult time?

In Partners in Healing: What to Say, Do and Give When a Friend is Sick, Belsie González offers answers to these questions. González is well qualified to offer advice. She is a two-time leukemia survivor. In this book, she draws upon her experiences and those of other former patients and caregivers to share useful insights about what works best.

In these pages, you will discover:

  • How to handle your new role
  • The healing subtleties of words
  • How to deal with your questions
  • The surprising thing your ailing friend needs from you
  • What to say instead of “If there’s anything I can do …”
  • How to best offer advice
  • Common mistakes—and how to avoid them
  • The importance of showing up
  • When to let your friend lead the way
  • How to turn your good intentions into action
  • How to share your faith
  • Unexpected gifts you can give
  • What emotions to expect from your loved one
  • How to handle your own emotions
  • Why you should have your own support group
  • And more.

With compassion and grace, Belsie González shows, in clear, easy-to-understand language, how friends and family of those fighting serious illnesses can become Partners in Healing.