Szilvia Gogh openly shares her personal story as a breast cancer survivor through feature stories and short films.
"At age 39, I did not choose breast cancer; it chose me during the same time my mother was losing her own battle with the disease at age 67. However, the choice I do have is how to go through my journey. It is important to have things to look forward to when going through hard periods of life. Being underwater is my happy place, so naturally I plan scuba diving trips to look forward to." Read Szilvia Gogh's cancer journey HERE
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10 TIPS TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH CANCER: In my own cancer journey, I found that the support from family and friends was invaluable. We all want to be that supportive person, yet there are times when we may not know what to do or say. Here are some suggestions informed by my own experience that I would like to share. If you have friends, family members, co-workers, or community members with cancer, one of these tips might just make their day.
1. Offer specific things you can help with, such as taking the dog for a walk, picking up kids from school, or dropping off groceries. Saying, “Call me if you need anything,” doesn’t give your friend enough direction as to how you can help. Someone with cancer may be feeling overwhelmed and may not know how to say what they need.
2. Along those lines, remind her to BREATHE. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it’s hard to think straight. Millions of
thoughts zigzagged through my mind.
3. Encourage him to seek out a second opinion and maybe even a third! Sometimes they might not agree, but opinions offer choices.
4. Show up for a visit in person. Don’t just call. It means a lot.
5. Go for a walk together - short or long, depending how he feels. Fresh air does great things to the body and mind.
6. Bring over your friend’s favorite foods to provide comfort and to tempt the palate. Eating is hard after chemotherapy.
7. Deliver soups. One of the side effects of most pain medications and chemotherapy drugs is constipation. Lack of exercise makes it even worse. Soup is a remedy to help get things moving and encourage proper hydration.
8. Tell her about the Look Good, Feel Better program: lookgoodfeelbetter.org. It is a free beauty workshop for cancer patients. This program taught me how to make eyebrows when mine fell out during chemo, among other things. As part of the event, people received a personalized bag with the make-up that we would need, all donated by cosmetic companies.
9. Offer to drive to a doctor’s visit, test, or chemotherapy treatment. Some facilities even allow friends to stay and hang out during treatment. Bring books, jokes, music, headphones, eye pillows, warm socks, or other comfort items your friend may have forgotten to pack.
10. Be there even months after the treatment. Everybody comes out of the woodwork when their friend becomes sick and reaches out. However, cancer treatment is a long journey and individuals and families need support months later as well.
Tel: 818-359-8236 / E-mail: Szilvia@SzilviaGogh.com / www.SzilviaGogh.com
Szilvia Gogh can only be described as a “force to be reckoned with.”
Her accomplishments are many and continue to grow -- she has NOT slowed down one bit, even though this last year she has been dealing with breast cancer and treatment -- if anything, she has used it as an example of the positive, keep moving forward attitude that she exudes.
She hasn’t stayed home or hidden from the public eye; no wigs or headscarves for Szilvia; it is her badge of courage, positivity and determination.