Having a friend with a sick child can often be confusing and overwhelming. Of course, you want to help, but you may not know what to do, especially if their little one is suffering from a serious chronic illness. Here are a few ways you can offer your support to a friend struggling through this dark time.
4 Tips for Helping Parents of Children With Chronic Illnesses
1. Reach Out
Some people are uncertain whether they should even get in touch and worry about “bothering someone” when they surely have other things on their mind. Don't be afraid to call and ask what they need or whether you can help. Struggling parents will often be grateful for a sympathetic ear and a safe place to express their problems and fears.
2. Understand the Diagnosis
Take the time to understand the child's health issue or chronic illness, including the key terms and concepts. You don't have to become an expert, but asking questions and developing an understanding will show you care and give your friends someone to talk to about their child's health.
3. Send Support
Note the date of any important test, surgery, or other procedure, and remember to send a message to let your friends you're thinking of their family. Just a quick phone call or text message can be a blessing to stressed, worried parents.
4. Offer to Help
Having a sick child makes attending to the day-to-day details of life more difficult, so take some of the burden off of your friends' shoulders. Offer to take care of their other children while they're at the hospital or volunteer to clean the house or pick up groceries.
The Maya Rose Project is dedicated to finding a diagnosis for Maya Rose's undiagnosed chronic illness. Through public awareness and securing funding, they hope to discover the cause of her disorder and find a cure to help her lead a normal life. To learn more about the project and how you can help, visit their website or email her father, Alex, today.