What You Can Do
Besides some of the things that were mentioned in the article by
some other helpful tips would be to:
*offer to put your friend or loved one on a prayer list.
underestimate the power of prayer!
* offer to have a hat party if they are going to go through
* offer to have a "going away boob(s) party." I threw myself
prior to my surgery. My friends wrote a good-bye song for my boobs as well as a
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
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
"It's not about the bike" by Lance Armstrong.
"Why I wore lipstick to my mastectomy" by Geralyn
"Bigger than Pink: The book I could not find when I was
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
“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.