How Do You Be A Friend To A Friend Who's Sick? | St. Louis Public Radio

How Do You Be A Friend To A Friend Who's Sick?

Apr 29, 2013

Illness is an unfortunate part of the human condition.  At one time or another all of us come to know a friend or relative who is sick.

How should we react?  What should we do?  Should we visit? How long should the visit be?

Host Don Marsh talked with Letty Cottin Pogrebin about these issues and more.  Pogrebin is the author of How to be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick.  She says illness is friendship’s proving ground.

Pogrebin came up with the idea for her latest book after her recent bout with breast cancer.  She was intrigued by the way her friends and family reacted to her cancer and began talking to her fellow patients about what they “wished their friends knew about how to comfort, help, and even just talk to them without making them feel different or doomed.”

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