Going through chemo is rough. These are eight items that a cancer patient could really use while going through chemo treatment. These items may not be glamorous, but they are practical, and will be greatly appreciated.
When Hubby and I opened our eBay store, one of my commitments was to channel some of the sales back into my breast cancer advocacy. I created the Fortitude Collection, along with Breast Cancer/Pink Ribbon products where 100% of the sales go directly to help those who are going through treatment. This exact chemo care basket was created with the profits of September’s sales and donated to our hospital’s breast cancer silent auction to raise money for their program.
If you lose your hair while going through chemo, your head gets cold when you sleep. A soft chemo cap makes sleeping a little more comfortable.
I want a pair of these for myself! They are so soft and cozy warm (not to mention adorable), and perfect to wear during long days of chemo, or while resting at home. Oh and PS – they were handmade by a cancer survivor. #love
Chemo does a number on your mouth. Your mouth tastes like metal, your taste buds don’t work, and your mouth becomes really dry, which causes another list of issues. Biotene is gentle and was highly recommended by my oncology nurse.
It’s an unfortunate side effect of many chemo treatments, not only do you lose your hair, but also your eyebrows and lashes. Your eyebrows frame your face, and are easily “fixed” with a little makeup. I like the Arbonne all natural and organic line of makeup.
During chemo, your skin gets extremely dry. And not just dry, but that uncomfortable, itchy dry. I like Alba Botanicals unscented body lotion. Often when going through treatment, your sense of smell is on overdrive, and even the slightest fragrance is bothersome. Unscented lotion is ideal, and extra bonus when it’s all natural, organic, vegetarian, and cruelty free!
During the course of cancer treatment, regardless of what it is, and how long it is, there are many people who will do nice things for the patient. Custom thank you cards in a cheery design will allow for the message to be personalized, yet not cause undo effort for the patient.
The writing is raw – it is an uncensored view of breast cancer treatment and what it’s really like. Holly uses humor and laughter to redefine beauty as she loses part of her breast, all of her hair, and is launched into early menopause. With pop culture references and her quirky sense of humor, Holly’s heartwarming story of love and strength is encouragement for all women going through cancer treatment.
My Mommy Has Cancer was written to help your family heal. This children’s book was written from a child’s perspective to talk to another child about cancer. It is age appropriate for five to ten year-old children. Parents are encouraged to read through the book first, and then read the book to or with your child and have an open discussion that is best for your family’s situation. Topics include what is most visible to children: surgery, chemotherapy, hair loss, schedule disruption, feeling sad, and helping. Break-out boxes contain probing questions to help your child talk openly about their feelings and concerns.
Hours and hours of chemo, hours and hours of not feeling well and laying in bed or on the couch. Nothing says BEST.GIFT.EVER. more than a gift card to Amazon.com so they can purchase books (real or electronic) to pass the time.
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