What You Can Do

       

 

       

Besides some of the things that were mentioned in the article by
 
Susan Frisius, some other helpful tips would be to:

 

*offer to put your friend or loved one on a prayer list.  Don't
underestimate the power of prayer!
 

*  offer to have a hat party if they are going to go through chemotherapy.
 

*  offer to have a "going away boob(s) party."  I threw myself this party prior to my surgery.  My friends wrote a good-bye song for my boobs as well as a good-bye poem.  The party was FUN!  The surgery sucked.

 

*  offer to bring dinners during chemotherapy.

 

*  offer to do the grocery shopping.

 

*  buy a gift card to a local grocery store,
Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Trader Joe's, etc.

 

*  buy gift certificates to favorite restaurants
so at least they could get the order to go.

 

*   buy a gift card to CVS, Target or wherever they pick up their prescriptions; this will help to pay for the MANY prescriptions that are needed during chemotherapy so they won't throw up (hopefully!) and other medical supplies that they may need.

 

*   buy a membership to Netflix.  When you are going through chemo, it is advised to stay out of public places like movie theaters and restaurants.  You are very susceptible to colds, etc. because your immune system is compromised and the last thing you want is to get sick and miss a treatment.

 

*  buy a gift card to Borders or Barnes and Noble.  Chemotherapy treatments last a couple of hours so you always need reading material.  I would recommend these inspirational books:

 

"It's not about the bike" by Lance Armstrong.

"Why I wore lipstick to my mastectomy" by Geralyn Lucas.

"Bigger than Pink: The book I could not find when I was
        diagnosed with Stage Four Cancer" by Lori C. Lober.

"Love, Medicine and Miracles" by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.

        I also liked the no brainer stuff like
        People, Us Magazine, fashion magazines, etc.

“You can heal your life” By Louise Hay

 

*  hire a housekeeper or offer to do laundry including bed sheets and towels.  This is a MUST for anyone going through chemotherapy or radiation.

 

*  offer to babysit, pick kids up from school, etc, etc.

 

*  take the husband golfing, out for a beer or offer to mow the lawn.....it is a rough time for him as well.

 


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