Andrew Shue & Amy Robach Discuss How to Help Someone With Cancer (VIDEO)

andrew Shue Amy Robach helping cancer patientWhen you're a busy woman who's used to doing everything for herself and her family, it can be hard to accept help. But letting people into your life, especially at a time when you need it most, can be incredibly healing. Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach and her husband, Andrew Shue, shared how powerful it was to receive the love and support of friends and family following Robach's breast cancer diagnosis.

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Robach, the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour, says friends who stepped in to make meals, pick up her children from school, and take them to the movies lifted a huge burden from her. 

Simple distractions like going out to lunch also allowed the journalist to laugh again, which, she says, ultimately not only helped her with her daily routine but also gave her strength to make it through her treatment.

What a great group of friends to organize a board game night. That's definitely a fun way to take someone's mind off what they're going through, if only for a couple of hours.

While your first instinct might be to "curl up in a ball" and want to hide, Robach says you'll be "missing out on so much love," which is "so healing and powerful."

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"Part of the message of Amy's book is to be vulnerable, to let people in, to take this thing that's been fairly horrible and let it be a source for human connections, which is the greatest thing that there is," Shue says.

Turning a cancer diagnosis into a way to reconnect is a beautiful opportunity to find meaning in something that is otherwise terrifying. 

Robach jokes that friends "stalked" her apartment to bring her gift baskets and it was "awesome."

Many times, friends and family want to do anything they can to show their love and support; letting them in often proves to be healing for them as much as it is for the patient. 

 

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