When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer the immediate thought is: “What can I do? How can I help? What do they need?”
In the days that followed my diagnosis, the bouquets of flowers, the meal train coming to my door and the offers to take to the kids were endless. I know many of my loved ones found it hard to find the right words to say, let alone the right things to do or give to me during this time. What can you give to a person with cancer to show you truly care?
Beyond your time and love, below are a few suggestions to help you find the perfect gift for your friend or family member facing cancer. These gifts are thoughtful and practical, many designed to make cancer treatment and side effects easier to handle for your loved ones.
Look Good…Feel Better
It is very common for women to experience hair thinning or chemotherapy-related hair loss during cancer treatment and is especially troublesome as the weather turns cold. Wigs can be very uncomfortable and itchy. Colorful hats and scarves and pretty bandanas can keep her covered up in style.
Kelly Chemo Beanie Butterfly Hat Bianca
Comfort is Caring
Undergoing treatment for cancer can be very harsh. Surgeries, medication and endless doctor’s appointments. There is so much about it that is uncomfortable. Being able to alleviate that, even if for a short time is a wonderful gift. Consider a pair of moisture wicking pajamas to help with night sweats from chemo. A comfortable robe or, perhaps a warm and luxurious shawl. These are great way to wrap her in love and comfort.
Covi Wrap Miena Robe
Good Things Come in Small Packages
One of my friends, whose sister had been through breast cancer, gave me a lovely pair of earrings. She explained that when her sister lost her hair, a little "bling" on her ears lifted her spirits and made her feel pretty. I loved those earrings and wore them often throughout my treatment. A meaningful bracelet, earrings or necklace to show someone you are thinking about them is a wonderful idea. Many jewellery pieces can be found with healing crystals and/or an inspirational sentiment of strength and protection. Rose Quartz, for example, is a stone of the heart and symbolizes universal love. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving fears, negativity and stress, and circulates a loving energy.
Victory Necklace Amethyst Earrings Rose Quartz Bracelet
Let Her Decide
You lose so much control when battling cancer. Your body has betrayed you and you are a slave to appointments and treatments. I really appreciated my friends that did not pretend they knew what I needed or how to make it better. Gift certificates were a welcome present. A card from Amazon for picking out some books to take my mind off of what I was going through. A coupon to my favourite restaurant when I was feeling up to a date night with my husband. A day at the spa when I was ready to be pampered. Whatever it was, I appreciated having some choice to select what I wanted and when I wanted to receive it.
Finally, remember that supporting your loved one going through cancer goes far behind gifts. Your time and friendship are the greatest treasures. Don't shy away from reaching out and letting your friends know you are thinking of them and are there for them when they need you.