By Letty Cottin Pogrebin
We all know an individual who’s unwell or soreness. but whilst a chum or relative is lower than duress many people believe doubtful approximately tips on how to cope.
Throughout her fresh bout with breast melanoma, Letty Cottin Pogrebin grew to become thinking about her friends’ and family’s different reactions to her and her disorder: how awkwardly a few of them behaved; how a few misspoke or misinterpreted her wishes; and the way outstanding it used to be whilst humans learn her correct. She all started chatting with her fellow sufferers and dozens of alternative veterans of significant affliction, trying to realize what in poor health humans wanted their associates knew approximately how top to convenience, support, or even easily consult them.
Now Pogrebin has distilled their collective tales and evaluations into this wide-ranging compendium of pragmatic tips and usable knowledge. Her suggestion is often infused with sensitivity, heat, and humor. it's embedded in candid tales from her personal and others’ trips, and their occasionally imperfect interactions with well-meaning associates. How to Be a chum to a pal Who’s Sick is a useful guidebook for an individual hoping to upward thrust to the demanding situations of this most crucial and important passage of friendship.
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But eating our way around the city seemed like a good distraction from all the uncertainty we faced. Tram was trying to figure out if the art school she had chosen was the right fit. I was a few months away from graduating, and while I had some murky visions of being a writer in New York City, I had no concept of what that actually meant, or if I was talented enough to pull it off. Ultimately what we both wanted was for someone to tell us what to do and who to be. ” Tram asked one day over pork tamales in Wicker Park.
They weren’t supersized and pumped up on steroids like their American brethren, and they tasted almost exactly the same as the chickens my mom grew up eating in Vietnam. I never heard a peep from these birds, because my mom and her sisters spent the afternoon in the garage chopping off their heads, plucking their feathers, and packing them in this crazy box for her to take home to Maryland. Parents will embarrass you. I knew that. I’d read most of the Judy Blume oeuvre, after all. But I felt like my family had that extra edge that went above and beyond the usual teenage humiliation.
Lucy would be an intrepid, pavement-pounding, power-suit-wearing, ball-busting lady writer, getting the inside scoop for the New York Times, or maybe Us Weekly—we couldn’t decide which would be more fun. I’d always wanted to be an artist, like my crazy uncle in Brussels, but it didn’t seem like the most realistic career choice, so I settled on the much more practical profession of fashion designer instead. With my friend as my muse, Women’s Wear Daily would shower me with hosannas, hailing me as the second coming of Alexander McQueen.
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin