1) Call or text them just to say hello!
2) Send a card!
It will make their day.
3) Offer to give them a ride to their next Doctor’s appointment. Many people with chronic illnesses aren’t able to drive anymore.
4) Invite them out! Many times people who are chronically ill don’t get out much anymore. Or, if you know each other for some time on social media and live nearby, reach out to them and perhaps meet up (safely) for coffee or lunch. We can never have too many friends. Some of the funniest and kindest people I’ve met are chronically ill, whether it be ms or another illness, and we do like to go out and have a good time.
5) Do you need anything from the store”? It’s especially difficult getting out in the Winter when it’s snowing and/icy, and the Summer heat is debilitating for many people with ms, myself included.
6) Sometimes meaning well, we’ll say “I would have helped you” after the fact. Instead “do you need any help” is more helpful. 🙂
We all need help.
7) Lastly and most importantly, asking “how are you“? In all honesty, I can count on one hand how many times anyone has asked me how I’m doing. Everyone has something going on but we should never be too busy to care.
And if we don’t know what to do or say to someone who may be chronically ill or not feeling well, then say that! It’s better than not saying anything at all.