Food is a great way to show support, but she suggests people avoid inundating the family with casseroles right after the diagnosis.
“In the beginning, you get a lot of food — too much really,” she says. “A few months in, the ‘new’ wears off, and they’re not bringing food anymore.”
Instead of bringing prepared meals immediately after the diagnosis, Brown says restaurant gift cards allow families to purchase meals when they need it most. On particularly rough treatment days, even warming up a frozen meal can be taxing, especially because cleanup is required, Brown says. On those days, it’s a relief to eat at a restaurant and let someone else deal with the dishes.