Today, I am sitting in the waiting room at the surgical services for the Swedish Cancer Institute. I’ve been here many times before as a patient and I will be here again in the future, as a patient. But today, I am here as a support person. One of our family friends was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I offered to come to the first surgery consultation with her and her husband.

One of the Health Activist Writer’s Challenge writing prompts is to provide tips to the newly diagnosed. I will use my experience this morning, as well as my recollection of my own thoughts and feelings from my own initial consult last May, to inform future post dedicated to this subject.

But first and foremost, I hope to be helpful in this meeting. This is a scary time in the process, where the “what if'” greatly outweighs the “what is”.

Stay tuned.