Post # 1
Someone very close to me has cancer. I just found out and it has been rough. She is going in for surgery in a couple of weeks and I’d like put a gift together for her. Does anyone have any suggestions of what to include? So far I am thinking:
- A card
- Her favourite chocolate
- A stuffed animal that looks like her dog
- Some candles (she loves them)
- Some body butter cream
I am not very good at this. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Some comfy, no-slip slippers.
Post # 4
High protein snacks, individually wrapped so she can just grab one without effort (or just plain snacks). Slipper socks, the good kind that don’t grown as you wear them, iTunes or Google gift certificate for movie or music to download. Playing cards or one of those cheap hand held card game machines. Little individually wrapped candies. Hot cocoa (my brother drank tons of cocoa after treatments, he said it helped settle his stomach) Small throw blanket.
Post # 5
The most touching thing anyone could of done for me was support the cause. Flowers etc… Was nice but buying me a black ribbon keychain or donating to melanoma research/awareness or even telling me they went to have their full body check or went to check out a wierd mole made me smile more than anything else. I liked people to acknowledge the cancer – my fiance got be a book by someone who had melanoma and reading it ( and crying through it) felt like i wasnt alone-so maybe (depending on type of cancer) you could add those kind of things.
Post # 6
Thank you! Those are great ideas. I’m going to see her this weekend and I’d love to have my gift all ready 🙂
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: Christmas Panda! (i’ve missed seeing you around lately)
Sorry to hear about your friend. I think the best thing you can do is make sure she knows you’re there for her. The things you’ve mentioned are all great, I’ve heard peppermint/mint in general as well as ginger are also good for upset stomach, so candies with those in it would be nice.
Mindless reading material – trashy magazines or novels are always nice when you’re not feeling well – or, if she’ll have access to a DVD player, maybe a couple of her favourite movies? I know I have go to movies when I’m sick (usually chick flick stuff like 13 Going on 30, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fools Gold) guilty pleasure movies.
Post # 8
My Mom had cancer twice! She said the best thing that people did was donate meals for her family, offer to watch us during her chemo treatments, or (if my Dad needed a break from the hospital) go to a chemo treatment and have FUN with her!
My parents still tell stories about how when she would go in for chemo, they would play music and tell jokes and buy pizza for the nurses! They treated it like a party and it really helped to keep her spirits up (which is pretty hard when the nurses keep going “Oh. You’re stage 4…”)