• What are some of the most helpful, enjoyable, comforting things you've been gifted, or acquired on your own during your cancer experiences?

    Asked by FreeBird on Monday, August 27, 2012

    What are some of the most helpful, enjoyable, comforting things you've been gifted, or acquired on your own during your cancer experiences?

    Do you have any ideas for other people who want to help? Anything you wish you had?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Most comforting- A new found appreciation for friends and family. Every holiday that comes we have a large get together, I smoke bbq and we have a time.
      Most enjoyable - My motorcycle, out on the road

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My chemo treatment center was very comforting. They had comfortable recliners, warm blankets, soft pillows, a great library, lots of refreshments, and wonderful nurses.

      Shortly after my diagnosis, I bought a blank hardbound journal, a hardbound daily planner, and a small multi compartment book/messenger bag to keep them and other papers in that I took with me to all of my treatments and appointments. They have been invaluable to me throughout my journey, especially in the beginning when there was so much information to assimilate and so many questions, and then later on when chemo brain set in and I became more forgetful.

      All the support I received from family, friends, and co-workers. All they did to "cover" for me when I was feeling poorly. However, I would suggest to other people who want to help cancer patients to let them call their own shots. Cancer patients feel very stressed from the lack of control they have over their disease and the side effects of treatments. Trying to take over or be too insistent about helping cancer patient actually adds stress rather than relieving it. So offer but don't push.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      My boyfriend gave me a Kindle Fire. This was my entertainment during my chemo days at the hospital and also here at home when I was too weak to get out of bed. Aside from entertainment it was a very helpful tool to check on my accounts and to keep in touch with family and friends. Friends sometimes bought and brought dinner to my house. Sharing a meal with company helped me get my mind off of cancer. Family and friends offered to and gave me rides to and from the hospital for treatment when I couldn't drive. Also, once my insurance switched to COBRA, friends and family pitched in and helped me with my health insurance payments and sometimes also covered the cost of my medications. Since my surgery back in February, I had help from family with cleaning, preparing food, etc. I have received so much support from everyone one way or another. I feel truly blessed and am so thankful to everyone for everything they've done for me.

      over 8 years ago
    • joyce's Avatar

      When my husband was in the hospital out of town for two weeks having surgery, I had to stay in a hotel. To help with the expenses, his colleagues took up a collection and gave us a monetary gift. Was that what I appreciated the most? Nope! The thing I appreciated the most was when they ordered that I NOT write a thank you note! Having one less thank you note to write was great, and from now on if I do something to help someone in a difficult situation, I will insist on the same thing.

      over 8 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar
      Bellamore (Best Answer!)

      A new puppy. A GSD working dog. So we've gots lots to do. Classes, agility, etc. Something to keep me focused and also cuddle up with at night. He;s number 7 and going to be my last, so already he is kind of special.

      over 8 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      One of my clients (I'm a massage therapist) gave me a book the day after I got my breast cancer diagnosis written by a naturopath. The writer had been through cancer herself (not BC) and offered a beautiful integrative approach to cancer that I found especially helpful. it really did make a big difference to me.
      Also - when I was in the hospital having surgery, another friend organized a third friend who was a good cook to make specially prepared organic meals that I could enjoy while I was in the hospital (knowing how "good" hospital fare usually is). Wow, what a treat.

      over 8 years ago

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