How to Help a Friend in Need

Crystal Brown-Tatum, 39, of Blanchard, Louisiana, was terrified when she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2007. "I knew that chemo would be the next step, but I was too scared to do it," she says. "I envisioned myself frail, bald and throwing up all the time." Feeling low, Brown-Tatum called her friend Tarsha, and they talked for three hours. Tarsha encouraged her to "fully embrace the experience" and eventually talked her into undergoing treatment. "Her support gave me the courage to do chemo — and most likely saved my life," says Brown-Tatum, who is cancer-free today...


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