How to comfort a faraway friend who was just diagnosed with breast cancer?

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Cancer can be a frightening and stressful time from the moment the doctors diagnose this condition. There is fear of the unknown and concern about what is going to happen next. It is difficult to know what to say or how to approach the subject, especially if they are close to us, but what is important is that they know we are here to support and offer encouragement.

The doctors diagnosed breast cancer to one of my dearest friend in Mexico. From the moment I heard the news, I couldn’t believe it happened to her. She is one of the few persons I know who has the jolliest and positive outlook of life.

As I live in Australia, I didn’t hear the news directly from her; I had to take some time to process the situation and to cope with my emotions about the diagnosis before I contacted her.

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