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How to be a Good Long Distance Loved One??

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Joined: Oct 2013

I am the adult child of father recently diagnosed with cancer.  I live about 4 hr drive (one way) away from my parents and when he starts treatment I know I can't just stop by to see how he's doing.   Are there any other long distance loved ones out there?  Any good tips on how to be "present" and supportive from afar? 

Thanks much!


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Joined: Apr 2012

As a parent whose children (3) live about 4-5 hours away and are working, I realize that they can't really be of assistance.  Telephone calls at least weekly are great and if you have any time you can take off you could offer to help.  I know when I was driving my husband back and forth for his treatment, it became very tiring on both of us and we went thru this 2 different times.   The offers, whether we accept or reject, are very much appreciated.  Please remember to check with your father before visiting to see if he is up to visitors and please make sure no one is sick even a sinus infection because once they are under going chemo the patient can pick up anything.   At times we had to limit visitors and especially our grandchildren.

Wishing you and your family the best

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