My best friend has just been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and will need chemo very soon.
I live the other end of the country and want to send her a box of goodies to cheer her up. I was thinking a book, chocs and maybe scarf. Has anyone got any suggestions that aren't too heavy as I will be posting. Thanks
I’m not sure “cheer her up” is the phrase you’re looking for in this situation. Not much to be cheerful about in her situation, and it sounds a bit flippant tbh. Please don’t use those words on any accompanying card.
OP it's lovely that you're thinking of her and chances are you won't necessarily cheer her up or take her mind off things, but hopefully she'll receive things in the spirit with which they are intended. Have you spoken to her to see how she is feeling?
As others have said, stuff to occupy time gets my vote: books/ kindle/ Amazon vouchers/ crossword books. Anything like that.
Has she got someone to take her and sit with her? Could you perhaps make the trip one time if she's up for it? I know you said you're a long way away, but that would be the most amazing gesture.
A friend of mine had chemo for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She really appreciated nice smelling toiletries, a get well card with a heartfelt message (cos she only wanted to hear positivity); and wanted to eat lots of Chinese takeaways and ice cream (as hospital food did not look the best), on days when her appetite was better!
Food wouldn’t be great but my aunt went through this and used to always complain it gave her a dry mouth. She liked some boiled sweets to suck on for flavour. Just a thought maybe everyone won’t feel like that.
It's such a tricky one as everyone responds differently to chemo. I've really gone off chocolate.
My hands are always really dry so I love nice hand creams. I also like audiobooks as I often cannot concentrate enough to read.
It's perfectly possible to be cheerful whilst having cancer and receiving thoughtful cards and gifts from friends and family really cheers me up!
Depending on your friend's personality, there's some quite amusing cards with messages like "fuck cancer". I sent one to a friend whose mum had terminal cancer and they both appreciated it. I'd steer clear of any messages about "fighting" or being "brave" as many people dislike that sort of thing, and might feel pressured to seem brave even if not feeling it.
To be honest I'd maybe send a small gift and card now, then wait and see what side effects she gets and send something else a bit later. That would be especially nice as there's always lots of support, flowers, cards etc to begin with, but then it dwindles.