I have received many questions from readers wondering how they can reach out to friends with chronic illness and help them in practical and realistic ways. It has been so encouraging to me to hear about the desires you have to love and serve those you know with chronic illness. Because this is a question I have heard so much lately, I have decided to write a blog post series on friendship and chronic illness.
If you have a friend with a chronic illness, one simple, but significant, thing you can do is believe them. Want to do more? Over the next few weeks I will be writing about five specific ways you can reach out to friends with chronic illness:
- Visit with your friend.
- Give encouragement.
- Pray for your friend.
- Offer practical help.
- Give support for the family.
There are some fun things planned for this Chronic Illness and Friendship series. Later on in October there will be a giveaway! If you have a friend with a chronic illness, you will be interested in this. There will also be a special guest here in a few weeks! Friendship goes both ways, and I have asked a friend of mine to share some ideas for how those of us who are ill can reach out in friendship to our healthy friends.
If you have specific questions or something else you want to know about chronic illness and friendship, please leave a comment and let me know. I hope that this series on friendship and chronic illness will be beneficial for both the healthy and the chronically ill as we seek to be good friends to those whom God has placed in our lives.