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How to

Help a
Friend
Who Has Cancer

A

Jennifer Garam is an ovarian cancer survivor,
women's health advocate and journalist in
New York City. Here are her tips
AS TOLD TO LEXI DWYER

ILLUSTRATION BY STEPHANIE WUNDERLICH

About a month after my 43rd birthday, I was
diagnosed with late stage 3 ovarian cancer. I
was in active treatment for six months, which involved nine consecutive weeks of chemotherapy,
a major surgery to take out the cancer along with
all of my reproductive organs and my appendix,
and then nine more weeks of weekly chemo.
In April 2019 I completed active treatment,
and I'm now in remission and cancer-free. I'm
currently taking a maintenance medication that
I'll be on for two years.
The challenge when you are first diagnosed
with cancer is that you're really overwhelmed
and you don't even know what you need. People
would ask to help, but I would have no idea how
they could. I was adjusting to this whole new
way of being.
Here are some of the actions I found helpful
from friends and family. Your loved one with
cancer might, too.

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