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While we all want to lend helping hands to loved ones dealing with debilitating illnesses like cancer or multiple sclerosis, sometimes knowing just what to do can seem impossible.

On this Forever 39 episode, we delve into how people can provide comfort to someone experiencing a health crisis by discussing a Huffington Post article that was published earlier last month. The article, "8 Ways to Support Someone Dealing With a Health Crisis," shares a number of dos and don'ts on navigating a loved one's health crisis.

Some of the dos and don'ts, according to the article, include:

  • Even if you don't know what to say, something said is better than nothing said.
  • Offer words of encouragement.
  • Find ways to help with everyday tasks like laundry or grocery shopping.
  • Don't offer medical advice.
  • Stick around in the weeks and months following a diagnosis.

And just like most families, we've had to deal with the ups and downs of illnesses that have touched both of our moms. We share what that journey was like, and what things people did for us that we found most comforting.

If you've dealt with an illness yourself or have experience dealing with a sick loved one, let us know what you found to be the most supportive. Email us at

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— Annette and Megan, Forever 39

Join us for next week's podcast when we discuss caring for mom and dad, our top 2018 annoyances, and why comfortable shoes are SO in!

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