When you get sick, please ask for help. Don’t be afraid to lean on your family and friends during cancer. Easy to say, sometimes hard to do. There is no substitute for having people around you, to help push your doctors for answers and to provide support. For those so-called “caregivers” the act of giving can also be very rewarding. That’s what Dr. Susan Parsons, director of survivorship care at Tufts Medical Center, discovered when she helped her sister through a metastatic cancer diagnosis. “They were incredibly special times,” she says, referring to the moments she was able to spend with her sister.