When you find out that a friend has cancer, you may not know what to do. In today’s Living Free Together conversation, Suzie and her friend, author Marissa Henley, talk about their diagnoses and how friends made a difference.

Marissa has generously offered to give away one copy of her new book, Loving Your Friend Through Cancer.


She’s too young. . .

Maybe that’s what you think when your friend tells you she has cancer. You want to fix it. You want to love her well. You are afraid. You want to scream that it’s unfair. All of these are natural responses.

When Marissa Henley was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer the day before her 34th birthday, it stunned her. That began a battle that she didn’t ask for.

In today’s Living Free Together conversation, Marissa shares how friends supported her and made her battle a little less lonely.


Marissa gives these tips in this conversation:

  • Keep showing up
  • Say less; listen more
  • Keep the focus on her
  • Share God’s Word with her
  • Avoid personal questions about her diagnosis or treatment

Maybe you don’t have a friend dealing with cancer. Marissa also shared things to practice now so that you are prepared in the future.

  • Practice being a good listener
  • Create margin in your life for friendship

None of us will be the perfect friend during a battle, but we do make a difference as we show up and fight alongside her.

As you listen to today’s conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What is one way you can show up for a friend if she’s going through cancer? Describe a time someone showed up for you, and how that made a difference.



Q: What is one verse that has brought you comfort during a battle?

Get to know Marissa Henley

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