• Things you have bought since you have been diagnosed with cancer that you never thought you would be buying?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, June 22, 2018

    Things you have bought since you have been diagnosed with cancer that you never thought you would be buying?

    There are quite a few specific cancer items that we have to have, but there are also a few things that are used for other purposes that happen to make our life a little easier to cope with treatments, surgery, recovery, etc. What have you bought?

    44 Answers from the Community

    44 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I can't think of anything that I bought as a result of or to help with my cancer/treatments. But, I am beyond fortunate and have had relatively few side effects that would require special equipment.

      5 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      Comfortable shoes that had no-skid soles for chemo. That's when I bought my first pair of Sketchers. I love that brand - comfortable, great for walking and exercise, the perfect shoe. I would never even looked at them before because they look a little strange.

      5 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I agree with Jane I also bought some sketchers. Comfortable and easy to slide off and on. I also had to buy a cane and a walker. My family had fun with the canes for a while. I got one with a fish head and one with dogs on it!

      5 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      New underwear yes new underwear lol lost so much weight had to and pants and shorts was looking like one of the "kids from the hood", ,lol plus the cane and walker and the shower chair might be why im still taking a bath by myself huh? biga17133

      5 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      My wife and I bought a cremation.

      5 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Mine was a smoothie .machine. It's amazing how you can hide veggies in a smoothie!

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      A whole lotta stuff. To be honest with you @GregP_WN, it is discomforting to be chattering in public about this stuff even if it was a long while ago.

      I had anal cancer. I bought a bidet. I bought creams and oils and made creams and oils and teas and special bath soaks. I swallowed lots of Egyptian wildcrafted Black Seed Oil. I bought underwear in bulk. I used progesterone in creams. I bought a better juicer and a Vitamix. I already had an awesome knife and food processor. I bought dilators. I bought yoga sessions. I already had very comfy clothes.

      I did everything I could possibly find that might strengthen and heal me.

      And I bought lots and lots of paper. Soft tissues for my tears and super soft tp for my bottom. It was four years, to tell you the truth, before I could use tp again. I depended on that bidet and soft wipes.

      Maybe you could make a private area where gals could gather and chatter and help each other without all sorts of eyes upon us? Thanx.

      5 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      barryboomer sorry you had to buy that so im not going to like it even tho I know its a buy that has to be done, I bought a Duke Blue coffin myself I'm a Big Duke college basketball fan Praying for you as always and for All who are on this Journey still taking a bath by myself biga17133

      5 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      I didn't exactly buy it, but I had a friend who is a potter make me a funeral urn. I made him a fabric arts wall hanging in return!

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @geek, I understand that there are some FB groups specifically for women who have had surgeries and treatments for rectal or anal cancer. From what I hear, they are very beneficial for the women who participate and they feel that they can share easily amongst themselves.

      5 months ago
    • Sandie's Avatar
      Sandie

      Since I have last written here in Whats Next, my cancer has went into my spinal cord. They did radiation on the tumor, but to no avail. I am now in a wheelchair, with no feeling to my legs or feet from the waist down. I have bought a van with a power ramp for my chair. I am adapting, but such a huge transition.....My doctor said there is nothing more he can do for me...He told me the chemo was killing me. I spent three and a half months in the hospital, and rehab....Came down with sepsis and pheumonia twice. But I am still alive and breathing although the doctor said he thought he almost lost me......Im here for a reason...I really believe that....Thank you Lord....thank you...

      5 months ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      I bought a high-end kayak. I realized that you can't take it with you; might as well enjoy life while I'm here!

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @Sandie, I am so sorry to hear about all that you have been through. Please keep us informed with how you are doing and if we can help in any way. You have a beautiful attitude. God bless and keep you!

      5 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I bought some items that helped mainly during treatment and that I no longer use, and others that I continue to use.
      1. Chemo caps.
      2. Port pillow.
      3. Body pillow, to keep me from rolling onto my surgical side.
      4. Reading pillow, because sometimes I had to sleep partially upright during chemo.
      5. Yard work services, due to collateral damage from treatment.
      6. Weighted vest, for bone-strengthening exercises, along with Better Bones and Balance CD.
      7. Light cotton button-front shirts, for better access to my port during the Florida summer.
      8. Silicone wrist bands. The one on my left reads, "No BP/IV/Needles." The one on my right is a penicillin allergy alert.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I finally remembered something i bought. I forgot them because i never used them: a wig and 2 of those soft caps. I was fortunate enough not to lose my hair so none of those things ever got used.

      5 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      Ejourneys port pillow? only ask cuz my port was put in almost 4 weeks ago (after 11 infusion they said go get one ! ) any way the port is still sore to touch or if they use it and when I bump it at night when trying to sleep (trying key word...lol) is a port pillow for night use ??,,marven

      5 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Hey Biga....had to get it as we want the other person to easily take care of this. I don't want to be in the ground anyway SO My ashes will be placed under a rose bush and scattered in the wind.

      5 months ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      @biga17133 - if they haven't given you Emla cream to numb your port prior to accessing it, please ask your dr for a prescription for that cream. Gob it on thickly about an hour before chemo, cover with a tegaderm or plastic wrap. The chemo nurses will wipe it of. It helps tremendously.

      5 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      abrub I shall look for this today at Walgreens as they have not given me nothing to numb it thanks a lot for info. .still taking a bath by myself biga17133

      5 months ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      @biga17133 - Emla is a prescription cream. You might find a weaker version of a lidocaine cream at the pharmacy, but you'll need a prescription for the one I used (and your dr will be fine giving it to you.)

      5 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Implants, dentures since I lost all my teeth due to radiation to my neck/jaw/throat area.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @biga17133, I think it takes a prescription.

      I had a long message typed about port pillows and a lavender linen spray that might help you sleep ... and my cat just deleted it :( So, here goes again ...

      This very generous soul makes and gives away port pillows: https://www.etsy.com/listing/605898330/port-pillows-free. The port pillows are used when you are in the car to keep the seatbelt from irritating it. Even though I have had my port for 5 years, the seatbelt can sometimes irritate it.

      I use a homemade lavender linen spray at night that helps me get to sleep and stay asleep. If I happen to awaken during the night (before the scent dissipates), a deep breath or two of the scent puts me right back into a peaceful sleep. A caveat is that I don't have any pain or breathing issues I'm dealing with.

      Anyway, the spray I use is as follows:

      2 tablespoons vodka (or witch hazel) I bought some CHEAP vodka for mine
      10 drops lavender essential oil (you need to be sure to purchase a good quality oil if you don't already have some (https://www.aromatics.com/collections/essential-oils sells good oils)
      3 ounces (6 tablespoons) distilled water
      Small dark-colored glass spray bottle

      Spray on your pillow before you go to bed.

      (If you FB message me with your address, I can make you some of the spray and send it to you, if you don't already have the ingredients. I might even be able to make a port pillow. I'm not an expert seamstress (to say the very least), but from what I'm seeing, you don't have to be very talented to make a port pillow that will work.)

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      That vodka recipe also makes a very good spray starch for ironing!

      If one likes, it is also possible to put vinegar in a bottle along with lavender flowers, let it sit a few days to a few weeks and save oneself the price of the lavender oil.

      5 months ago
    • mmnorris' Avatar
      mmnorris

      Hearing aids, a crown, massages. All for secondary effects from head and neck cancer treatments

      5 months ago
    • mmnorris' Avatar
      mmnorris

      The crown was for my tooth not my head, lol

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I knew geek would have a comment about my recipe. She can use for ironing and i will use for linen spray. @biga17133, trust me when i say it does not make your pillow stiff like starch would. I will send it Monday along with my attempt at a port pillow :)

      Yes, you can infuse the vodka the same way if you happen to have lavender flowers lying around, which i don't. However, i do have lavender EO and vodka, too, purchased specifically for the spray.

      I may one day infuse the lavender flowers in the vodka though i read that the vodka turns the lovely color of the flowers. One person who was talking about it said they were aftaid it would stain their linens. Even if i try it, i will still use some EO. Even very good quality Lavender is pretty cheap. Could use hydrosols, too, if you didn't want to go through the hassle of infusing vinegar or vodka or witch hazel (which is what it typically recommended as the substitute for vodka, not vinegar).

      Lots of options.

      5 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      @biga17133, the port pillow was attached to my seat belt to keep it from rubbing against my port. Here's a shot of the one I got from Hello Courage (on the right, still in its packaging):
      https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2900/14115342522_f626b19fb9.jpg
      The one on the left was a freebie from my cancer center and was pretty flimsy. Currently Hello Courage doesn't seem to have the pillow on its site, though I've also seen it on Amazon.

      This shot was taken of me holding the Hello Courage port pillow open. The ends Velcro together around the seat belt:
      https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5565/14893028055_db862b0d60_o.jpg

      @LiveWithCancer, that's a very cool (and compassionate) Etsy link!

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Wow, @Ejourneys, your pillow was gigantic. The patterns i am seeing online are much smaller, I think.

      Isn't that woman on Etsy awesome? I should have taken the time to thank her and didn't. I will do that now.

      5 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      mmnorris that's so funny thanks for the belly jiggle.

      Ejourneys when I saw port pillow I was hoping it was something for sleeping at night to be able to lay on my side dum dum me,lol but hey that's a issue for me also in the car so that's going to be good to have that protection 2 thumbs up Hello Courage,, thanks for the info..

      geekling I'm all about saving money my wife says I can squeeze a dollar out of a dime..lol thanks for your help..

      abrub going to get right on it Monday with doc I have chemo Thursday so maybe I can have it on there for this treatment thanks!!

      LiveWithCancer I cant wait I feel like a kid waiting on Santa Claus come on Mailman ,,lol hoping that it helps with sleeping as my wife is also,,, this getting a hour and up for a hour every night is crazy only good thing about it is I'm getting caught up on my talks with God Praise his name !!
      So grateful for your help May God Bless you and Watch over You, thank you to all for your kindness and love means a lot to me and my wife Marianne ,, still taking a bath by myself biga17133

      5 months ago
    • HotRodTodd's Avatar
      HotRodTodd

      Depends due to incontinence from prostate surgery.

      5 months ago
    • lndllee's Avatar
      lndllee

      Incontinence products-not as easy as it seems! One company's measure of 'regular' length doesn't always match an others, etc But buying adult swimming diapers was the most embarrassing.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @biga17133, got some material cut to try my hand at the port pillow. We'll see how that goes... :) :) I think I'm going to have to relearn how to even thread the machine if that tells you what a non-seamstress I am :) Still, the project itself seems simple enough. I cut out enough material for several so if all goes well, I can take some to my hospital next time I go for others who need them.

      I have the bottle ready to put the solution in for the lavender spray, too, so I'm going to be ready to go to the post office tomorrow, hopefully bright and early :) :)

      I just hope the lavender spray works for you like it does for me. I gave some to my son awhile back. I asked him yesterday how it was working. He said they forget to use it at night. But, the other day his work cap stank of perspiration and he sprayed it with the lavender spray. He said it took away the perspiration smell and throughout the day he would catch a calming wisp of lavender! (I guess whatever works, right?)

      5 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I ended up getting two wigs. The first was what I'd have liked my real hair to have looked like; the second was similar to my real hair. And at work I ended up rocking the baldeen look.

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Vodka is distilled from potatoes, the starch of which has a stiffening effect on clothing when heated.

      Vinegar infusions improve the flavor and taste of the vinegar. When used on food, the character of the infusion is transferred to the food and into your body. Since vinegar rarely spoils, it is a good place to start.

      Making your own essential oils isnt too difficult. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes learning about how and it requires calming because nothing made with anger comes out very well.

      Learning how to make lavender oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil and a few others will save enough bucks to be able to afford to buy some Thieves oil which is more complicated; more difficult, and more expensive because the ingredients are exotic to Texas and the rest of the US.

      The first thing to learn is how to be sure you are using a pure and food grade carrier oil, then how to be sure you havent bought some oil which is already on its way to becoming rancid. Once you learn how to properly store a high quality and organic oil without spoiling it, you can begin to learn about infusions.

      Enjoy your time.

      5 months ago
    • c1a1c1's Avatar
      c1a1c1

      I am the caretaker of my husband who has prostate cancer. He's needed a cane, walker, diapers and pads and many other over-the-counter products - sometimes he has mouth sores. This pales in comparison to what I'm reading from others

      5 months ago
    • MarktheMan's Avatar
      MarktheMan

      I bought a motorcycle. I said life is too short to not enjoy some things that we love to do. We love to ride and it's been a few years since I had a bike so I bought another one. We go out riding quite often now. Life is short, eat the cake, and take the trip1

      5 months ago
    • Julesmom's Avatar
      Julesmom

      Concert tickets. We had been to a few shows in our younger years and enjoyed going to concerts. But since my diagnosis we have made it a mission to go see every show that we want to see. Our keepsake tickets are mounting up! I agree, life is short, enjoy it!!

      5 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      @Julesmom I just did that myself. Saw Steven Tyler last Thursday! It was lots of fun!

      5 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I bought a 12" inch wedge and one of those horseshoe shaped pillows that you use on long airplane flights. And 10 pillows with the same supply of pillowcases.

      5 months ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar
      Dkatsmeow

      Too many things. I think I temporarily lost my mind. Alot of DIY stuff for home. clothes. Like it's beens aid you can't take it with you. I am enjoying it while I can.

      5 months ago
    • annetteOR's Avatar
      annetteOR

      This is a great question, Greg, because it gives ideas we might have missed ourselves. I sprung for good hair extensions because I had a long period of my hair thinning before the transplant actually left me bald. Also Greg, you mentioned dental implants. That's something I wish I'd done before Myeloma, as the bisphosphanates have left me ineligibe for them. I'll admit to a bit of jealousy there, but I'm sure they weren't fun to have done. Last, a hand cart for dragging in my groceries from the car. I might have thought I'd get one someday - in my 80's though, not in my 60's!

      5 months ago
    • annetteOR's Avatar
      annetteOR

      @mmnorris you had me going about the crown! Lol.

      5 months ago
    • Texashiker12's Avatar
      Texashiker12

      I bought new bras that are cotton and hook in the front. They were all I wore for a long while after surgery. A friend in the resale business gave me several linen button down tops for ease in dressing and a pair of red Chaco sandals. They are my "kick cancer's XXX" shoes and I wear them nearly every day. (I live in a warm clime.) I began using my hiking poles more often early on, just to feel secure on the trail, what little trail I did early on. Now I take them with me just in case. I bought a few products for skin care before, during and after radiation. I advise using aloe vera gel with no alcohol in it. Finding 100% aloe was impossible for me unless I used it straight from the plant. So I used products with fragrance additives and such with little difficulty. I used this INSTEAD of the recommended Aquafor as I don't like using products with petroleum based ingredients. I haven't found much researching this, but I feel safer without. My goodness. This is some list.

      5 months ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Another Day!

      5 months ago

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