Dear wise Mnetters on this thread. I have read your brave and uplifting posts and wondered if I could call on your experience to help me find a gift for my friend. We don't live near to each other and I'd like to send her something to tell her i'm thinking of her as she embarks on chemo following her double mastectomy. I think that flowers may say the wrong thing, and I wondered about some yummy biscuits or cakes, but then thought she might not feel like eating. What do you think? thank you
How about a couple of good books and some nice bed socks? That way if she's feeling low / lacking energy she can lounge in bed and escape into a story. I know my cousin does this to deal with her chronic back pain.
If you can try and send smaller things over the course of her chemo, rather than just one thing at the start - generally people do things to begin with and then it drops off when things are getting really tough and boring. Little things like nice lip balm, good hand cream, fluffy socks, puzzle books, pretty scarves, a funny postcard, sharp tasting sweets are all good presents.
I havent had chemo yet but all sorts of other interventions for cancer. I actually love getting flowers. I do a lot of sitting and I enjoy having them in the room and they lift me. Especially this time of year when I can't go and sit in the garden.
The tablet stand that stuffofawesome linked to I would LOVE. In fact I might order one in a minute!
Lipbalm is something I always have with me for hospital trips and stays.
I've just started chemo and spend a lot of time on the sofa curled up under a blanket. So I would suggest a lovely soft blanket and warm socks. Food is quite difficult as appetite and taste may be affected, I don't have a sweet tooth at all but am finding sweets or chocolate palatable.
If you're on the lookout for socks can I suggest the West Yorkshire Spinners country birds collection? This is yarn designed and named after famous British birds, but you can buy them made up into cosy socks as well. Love these colours.