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    What is the nicest thing someone has done to support you in your cancer journey?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Thursday, January 12, 2012

    What is the nicest thing someone has done to support you in your cancer journey?

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    • Babybluevolley's Avatar
      Babybluevolley

      I have to travel from San Antonio to Houston (MD Anderson) for treatment. So people from my Dads work put together a fund to help pay for my gas etc. I thought that was so sweet!

      over 2 years ago
    • alliawn's Avatar
      alliawn

      Just been there for me like no one else. I thank my wife!

      over 2 years ago
    • Staci1219's Avatar
      Staci1219

      When my mom was going thru her journey people that we didn't know would send us gift basket/snack baskets to the hospital when she was hospitalized for her AML in Dallas at the Cancer Center at Baylor.

      over 2 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar
      danellsar

      I have a group of online friends. We've never met, but we've chatted for years on a support group board. Over the years, this group has helped several members as they or their spouses have gone through cancer and other traumas. One of the members' husbands died in 9-11. Another lost her husband to colon cancer. They've been there with emotional support all through. Now it's my turn.

      Shortly after my husband's initial diagnosis, when we were still running from place to place, doctor to doctor, getting tests and scans and everything, this group of women donated money to an online account, and started sending us dinners. When they'd see I had a crazy day, they'd order dinner delivered from a local restaurant. They ordered frozen meals delivered from an online website. They ordered us a load of groceries when I didn't have time to get to the store. They sent my husband a hand knitted shawl and a hat. They sent books and games to my kids. They sent me a charm that says "Faith, Hope, Love."

      It's still going on. We got dinner gifted to us tonight after a particularly long and greuling day. They send me emails and find funny videos to cheer me up. They ask me how it's going, and how hubby is feeling. They get righteously outraged when things go wrong!

      It's an amazing group of women. They've never met me in real life, but they are awesome and strong and caring and kind!!!!

      over 2 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar
      Cindy

      I never knew how many wonderful friends I had until I found out I had cancer. When I had my cancer surgery in a city about 3-1/2 hour drive away, several of our friends and my son who was away in college came to visit me and my husband who before my cancer was one of the biggest worriers. The day before my surgery we went to a church in that city and people we didn't know prayed for us and one of them canceled all his appointments the next day to stay with my husband during my surgery so he wouldn't be there alone. My husband prayed and looked up and there he was - an answer to his prayer. My husband took care of me during my sickness and let me keep the remote to the TV and agreed with everything I said even when I was wrong. Also, some ladies from our church gave me a gift box with several gifts to open 1 per day. They chose 1 person per month to give a box of presents to that was going through a hard time. They chose me that month. The day I cut my hair off because it was falling out, I told my husband I thought that was a 2-gift day. He agreed and I opened 2 of the gifts that day. I could go on and on about the kindness that was shown to me.

      over 2 years ago
    • tmercer's Avatar
      tmercer

      Bob's boss moved mountains to get Tech Services' immediate attention to his laptop's wireless capability - he can access all his work files from the chemo lab WIFI and on our home rural access wireless. He is "telecommuting", and so happy to be able to continue working! My colleague, Julie, at work, who has volunteered to kick in assistance at any time I need help covering my class with sub plans or anything required ... friends who showed up during Bob's surgery to offer support ... my dad and step-mom who came in early to help cook Christmas dinner. My father, who donned the Santa outfit for Bob's grandchildren this year ...

      over 2 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar
      akristine

      There are so many. I have four friends who stay in touch daily. One is going through non-Hodgkins B lymphoma herself and we're each other's support. After I had my tumor removed, I developed pulmonary emboli in my lungs and was hospitalized again. The public health nurses and physical therapists visited each week bringing oxygen and taking Coumadin/Warfarin levels to the lab. The elevator in my apartment building wasn't working from October 18 (the day before my surgery) to December 10 so the nurses helped me from my second floor apartment up and down 40 stairs carrying my walker. The Seniors at Home program provided a scholarship to cover one woman to help with grocery shopping and another to help with laundry. Meanwhile, I've been waiting for two years for SSI to declare me disabled and my hearing is January 23. The apartment managers have postponed my eviction until February 7 so I hope I can receive enough to pay for the back rent by that date. Meanwhile, I start radiation on the 18th and finish February 29. The American Cancer Society is reimbursing me for some transportation costs for cabs to and from the train to get to the treatment center. I feel blessed to be alive and hope for the best for all of us.

      over 2 years ago
    • momsofzeck's Avatar
      momsofzeck

      Hello Gals and Pals!
      I am residing in Istanbul. I would love to help mothers with cancer . I have a blog site at www.momsofzeck.blogspot.com where I talk about how to win the battle for cancer. Also this moth my friends and I are going to take 6 cancer patients to a very luxurious beauty saloon for a make over ! To relax and to be happy! Please sign on my blogsite and recommend me some people or let them contact me. My friends at Zeck area and I are extremely happy to help . Let's say to people this: " Today I will help you and next year it's your turn" because nobody wants to be a pitty material!

      over 2 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar
      RuthAnne

      One of the many that I experienced was the group of my co-workers who put themselves on a list to drive me - to work, from work, to and from radiation treatments - when I was on crutches and then a cane in the middle of winter. I had no idea that I was any more than a name and a face. It was very surprising and opened me up to more meaningful relationships with them all.

      over 2 years ago
    • oldgreycoach's Avatar
      oldgreycoach

      My company and co-workers and my Big Sister.

      The company for allowing me to take almost 15 weeks off for surgeries over a two year period, and the numerous days here and there for treatment. In this entire time I have only had to give up 3 days of vacation and have not missed a pay day.
      They have also set me up with a home office and flex time that allows me to work when I am up to it. Funny thing is I usually end up working a lot more than 40 hours......

      My coworkers for covering for me with customers when I just couldn't get into a meeting and also for setting me up with a workspace in their secure office pool for when I do go in.

      My big sister form driving a couple of hundred miles every time we have to go to Boston for Doctor appointment's. She is my medical translator and always asks the good questions.

      over 2 years ago
    • dean's Avatar
      dean

      Many friends and family have donated money and time to my fight against cancer. My kids friends , and people I do not know have blessed us.

      over 2 years ago
    • Rob's Avatar
      Rob

      My friends and brothers in my local Masonic lodge (Hess Lodge # 93 F & AM) have giving great support to me and my family, Every thing to helping me with cash to help with my my co-pays to paying my dews for 2012 for me. I now find that they are having a lunch for me the 22 of Jan.

      I have been truly blessed, my Church has has been in prayer for me,
      And I know that their is no power on earth more power-full than the power of Prayer.

      over 2 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      My employer at the time allowed the donation of sick leave by fellow employees, of which there were about 125. In early 2009, when my sick leave ran out, fellow co-workers donated 10 months of sick leave so that I could finish the year in a clinical trial and retain my benefits. In June of that year, a little over 30 of them came to my house and did a back yard makeover, re-surfacing our deck, building three raised planter areas and installing a fire pit. How can you possibly pay that back? In return, I could only thank them and offer prayers on their behalf!

      over 2 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar
      SMT4

      My family and friends offering support at all hours, even during the early hours. My golf coach and friemd who via phone and texted who would take time to talk to me and keep me company in isolation when I couldn't have any human contact. They were and are my angels.

      over 2 years ago
    • Bonkers' Avatar
      Bonkers

      just one of the many things that were done for me while I was going through cancer treatment. My roof was getting old and started to leak. I had enough money from my tax refund for the material but not the labor. Some of the men from our church and their friends came to the house. they striped off the old roof and put on the new one.
      We had friends do so much for us it's hard to pick witch one to talk about.

      over 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Some of my competitors in business offered to take over some of my work to be sure we got done what we needed to stay in business.

      over 2 years ago
    • stillkickin's Avatar
      stillkickin

      At a time in my life where people seem to handle me with kid gloves, often not sure what to say, and often uncomfortable during conversations, I have two wonderful friends who have continued to treat me just like they always did before my diagnosis. No discomfort in my presence, no groping for the right words, just old friends having a chat. They tease me, they aggravate me (no kid gloves there!), they keep me laughing, and I'm always happy after seeing or talking to either of them. I'm not sure that they understand how much it means to me to be treated normally, but it means a LOT, and I'm grateful for those special friends every day.

      over 2 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      Like Cindy, I never knew how many friends I had until I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Now that I have just completed my journey, thank goodness, I am focusing on the positive things that came out of this past year. If I could teach a class on how to care for a person with cancer, I would!

      The cards and phone calls were wonderful, but the best were the friends who were there to do whatever I needed. I didn't want meals; I had cooked ahead of time and we follow a restrictive diet. Following surgery, I had neighbors who would call me before they headed to the grocery store or to Target asking me what I needed (I kept cash on hand to pay them). I had friends who would take me to my doctor's appointments so my husband could come directly from work and return without having to drive me. I had friends who came to chemo with me. And the best was my friends who came for a few hours to clean our house, do our laundry; things that my husband didn't have time to do when he got home from work. It was very important to keep the rest of the family going on with their lives as best as possible and my friends enabled that to happen.

      My friends were my support group. They were always there via text, FB, phone calls. I printed out and created a journal of every text and email. When I had my down moments, I read the journal and it reminded me of my wonderful network of friends and family.

      over 2 years ago
    • mamajltc's Avatar
      mamajltc

      When my husband got diagnosed and then had 2 major surgeries (over 2 years ago), it was right around Thanksgiving. I was in and out of the hospital constantly, with 2 teens at home. One day, I came home to three full Thanksgiving dinners, brought to my home and numurous gift cards to local grocery stores and restaurants. As the journey continues, honestly, all of the notes and comments and hugs and humor, ongoing from friends family, and especially others going thru this, keep us going.

      over 2 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar
      cranburymom

      1) providing me a tool that make my life SIMPLE

      My friend Anne set up a A Lotsa Helping Hands™ caregiving coordination community (www.lotsahelpinghands.com). This was a surprise and amazingly helpful tool.
      You basically request your needs and any information you would like to share. I add all my diagnosis, status updates, my diet req, my doc's visit dates and treatment plan, and lists go on....

      You can invite friends, assign coordinator on your behalf. So you do not need to repeat the same stories; people ask you "what you need" or "how things are going?". You simply direct them to this site.

      I can request rides not just for me but for my kids, so their social life can be maintained. Never realized that how important these things were until now.

      2) Just being there for me
      Marge came from CT, took 4 hrs and spend the entire day @ infusion center. Yes, card and a phone call is very nice. But nothing can replace simply "being there" during the time of hardship.

      Simple but very difficult thing to do. Giving up time for someone else.
      We are living in a crazy busy world. I do not know anyone who did not say "i have been so busy, caught up with...A-Z".

      You find many rare gems as you are going though this journey. Very grateful to have this darkness - make us see real light - more people who care about you and fight with you to eliminate this terrible disease.

      3) Spiritual support
      Maggie gave me REIKI, Noah's mom come to pray for me.
      Those "gifts" are so precious. Much better than sugar-loaded cakes and candies - which I do not know what to do with.

      over 2 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      All of you who have received such amazing gifts of help and compassion are so fortunate.
      Even the sugar loaded gifts which were given with love.... be grateful.
      I spent Christmas in the hospital and would have been so grateful if a decent meal was served or a visitor had shown up.
      I feel so happy to now be home and away from the horrors of that place and finally am recuperating.

      over 2 years ago
    • PPaseka's Avatar
      PPaseka

      After my wife's return hone from surgery, her coworkers provided our family meals for over a month. They delivered them prepared and ready to heat or eat everyday.

      over 2 years ago
    • hummingbird's Avatar
      hummingbird

      Between my friend, Rebecca and my cousin,
      Karen I always knew I had someone to talk to.Of course, my husband was always there, but sometimes it's just a comfort to know I had a woman to talk to.

      over 2 years ago
    • Katesimsek's Avatar
      Katesimsek

      A woman who I have been friends with for about 6 months took care of my two little girls for a week when I ended up in the hospital with an infection. She has three kids of her own as well. I don't know what I would have done without her.

      over 2 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar
      markmather

      I was helped by total strangers at the most critical times while going through treatment. I ended up selling my vehicle for some cash to get me through and ended up getting over a hundred rides without ever having to worry about it once. Cheers for all the helpers in the world.

      over 2 years ago
    • Cita90's Avatar
      Cita90

      So far... My husband, 2 daughters, son, sister and brother in law went to a caregivers support group while I was in my own support group. My friend has added me to her honor list when she does the Susan Komen walk. My supervisor helped me by having the initial conversation of my upcoming bi-lateral masectomy with my frineds who are also my co-workers. Women I don't even know are praying for me and sending positive messages. Thank-you to all.

      over 2 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar
      attypatty

      The kind and encouraging words of another survivor. Just yesterday, coming out of church, a young man (early 30s) - a complete stranger to me - approached me, hesitated, and said, "Excuse me, I probably shouldn't say anything, but are you in chemotherapy?" I looked at him, and he was so nice looking, despite a surgical scar and dent beneath his eye, that I could only say, "Yes, I am." He held out his hand to me, introduced himself and said, "I am a two-time survivor. I shouldn't even be here, I was Stage IV, but here I am 10 years later." He gave me compassion and hope and faith. I could only give him a hug and say, "Thank you." This young man may have been the messenger but I felt as though the gift came from God herself.

      over 2 years ago
    • karenp's Avatar
      karenp

      It's difficult to highlight just one thing as I had tremendous support from so many from meals for my family, flowers, gifts and even certificates for massages to friends who came to appointments with me. Close family friends of ours registered for a Breast Cancer bike ride in my honor. My daughter and I rode with them. They borrowed us racing bike and equipment, which made the day such a memorable experience. I was still completing treatment and the accomplishment was a huge boost for me. It was a great day and we will rider together every year in support of breast cancer research and to celebrate being a survivor.

      about 2 years ago
    • sweetcfo's Avatar
      sweetcfo

      I have a dear friend who has taken off time from his work for each and every treatment. He flies down from DC to Florida to be with me in the hospital. He sends me care packages filled with things to make me laugh. He sends me encouraging notes and has been a lifeline for me during this journey.

      about 2 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar
      mgm48

      That's simple - LISTEN

      about 2 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      Gave me back laughter. The day after my surprised diagnosis during a "routine" surgery, my rabbi came to visit (even tho it was Saturday morning, when she was supposed to be at synagogue. She sat with me, sang to me, and most important, made me laugh when I thought I'd never laugh again. Since then, I've laughed a lot. That first laugh put me back on the road of the living.

      about 2 years ago
    • cowgirltexasv's Avatar
      cowgirltexasv

      I was a caretaker for my 21 yr old son for 18 months and now a care taker for my dad. I have been helping mothers and daughters going through the same thing I am. I feel fortunate to be able to help others and know that they appreciate it because i've been there. I hate that I lost my son and now helping my dad but I am able to Help others through it.

      over 1 year ago
    • SuSu's Avatar
      SuSu

      My daughter, Shannon, is my hero. She never hesitated one moment to put her life on hold and become my caregiver. My granddaughters, Alexia and Ashlee contributed to my well being by providing hygiene duties at the tender ages of 12 and 8. I am forever grateful for their constant prayers, love and care. I am a survivor 9 years and counting!

      over 1 year ago
    • SaraThomas11's Avatar
      SaraThomas11

      The kind words and continuous prayers were such a blessing to my family when my sister was diagnosed with Burketts Lymphoma. The most touching thing was the amount of people ready and willing to give blood for her a a moments notice. Several people drove hours countless times to give and others were in line with their sleeves rolled up every time there was a blood drive.

      over 1 year ago
    • Lauramort's Avatar
      Lauramort

      When I was still recovering from colorectal /Ileostomy surgery, my cousin hired a housekeeper to come in and clean my house every 2 weeks!

      over 1 year ago
    • Lareina's Avatar
      Lareina

      Cleaning my house and weeding my yard.

      over 1 year ago
    • Marilyn's Avatar
      Marilyn

      Prayer cards, phone calls, and visits from friends My friend who lives two houses down and worked from would come over everyday on her lunch break just to get me fresh ice water and to see if I needed anything to eat.Those kind acts gave me great comfort.

      over 1 year ago
    • stillkicken's Avatar
      stillkicken

      I can't decide between these two: My husband threw me a surprise scarf party where everyone brought me a scarf. Also, two friends from our churcb met us at 6:00am at the hospital before my surgery to pray for me.

      over 1 year ago
    • Dani's Avatar
      Dani

      The people on here are so caring even though they don't even know me. It has helped me to join here because I am getting more support then I ever thought possible.

      over 1 year ago
    • Effiemae's Avatar
      Effiemae

      I am the primary caretaker of an 87-year-old WWII veteran and have been for nine years. Last week he went for his doctor's appointment at the VA, and his doctor asked where I was. Two days later I received a card from her telling me how sorry she was to hear the news and that she would keep me in her prayers. She barely knows me and must be unbelievably busy. I thought it was an act of exceptional kindness for her to take the time to send the card.

      over 1 year ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      My cancer relapsed immediately after chemo, which was not completely unexpected. My sick leave was gone. I was about to lose my health insurance, if not my employment. Fellow employees then donated ten months of sick leave and I was able to enroll in and remain in a clinical trial for the entire year. This was 2009 and I am still in remission on the same drug. How do you ever thank them enough for that?

      My wife has been my angel through all of this. She said last February 14th that "every day is Valentine's day for us" and she is 100% correct.

      over 1 year ago
    • TheEvilyn8's Avatar
      TheEvilyn8

      One of my best friends in Florida, Lourdes created a website where we could receive donations. My husband and I both were laid off of work in Dec 2011. I had not worked since my diagnosis In Oct 2011. With no income, and a ten year old daughter to feed as well as four pets...times got tough. The money raised was only a few thousand but that helped out so much. I recommend the site to everyone. YouPAY.com

      over 1 year ago
    • Jennyjenny's Avatar
      Jennyjenny

      My good friend came over land did my nails.

      over 1 year ago
    • blondie's Avatar
      blondie

      I had a friend who drove me from West Houston to Sugarland Cancer Center and back. I offered to buy lunch but he said no. He did this as a favor to my father who had a time conflict. After he brought me home, he went home to his ailing wife.

      over 1 year ago
    • ogtxaggiemom's Avatar
      ogtxaggiemom

      they put together a benefit to help with expenses....our deductable is very high and we had to meet it at the end of 2011 and then all over again January 1st, and the new year is just around the corner again....it was so helpful to just write the checks and not have that additional worry.

      over 1 year ago
    • cinnamonsmile's Avatar
      cinnamonsmile

      When I decided to get a double mastectomy, my partner, Brian, was so supportive. He told me over and over he wasn't in it for the boobs. He took such good care of me after the surgery. I was in incredible amounts of pain from post mastectomy pain syndrome. He was awesome! He did such a good job removing my pain pump catheters from my chest, even though I was crying so hard because it hurt so bad, he milked and emptied my 4 drains. He just intuitively know how to help me.

      over 1 year ago
    • Nhiggins' Avatar
      Nhiggins

      While I had many nice things from friends and family, the best one was my from my BFF. She came to my home and re-did my entire king size bed with new linens, comforter, shams, pillows, etc. I was in bed so much that this very special gift was so up-lifting to me. I was overwhelmed by her generosity and kindness. It was so wonderful. I really felt loved.

      over 1 year ago
    • fightingintx's Avatar
      fightingintx

      I was having such a terrible time with my first round of chemo. I wanted a bay fishing trip before my surgery for my colostomy 'cause I thought my life would never be the same. A lot of my co-workers joined together and paid for my trip. Never knew I worked with such a great bunch of people! They are still giving me support each day!

      over 1 year ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar
      SherrySwett

      It wasn't just one person but my whole family spent time with me while I was in the hospital multiple times. Some would stay for a week, some for a few days but there were only a couple of days out of a total of 8 weeks that none of them were there. They all had to travel at least 2 hours to get there, some of them 7 hours, and my sister 14 hours. She stayed with me for a week also, a couple of times.

      over 1 year ago
    • MyelomaTeacher's Avatar
      MyelomaTeacher

      When I had my Stem Cell Transplant the teachers at my work hired a cleaning services for 6 months to keep my house germ free. This made my mind rest at ease

      over 1 year ago
    • GUYINMAINE's Avatar
      GUYINMAINE

      Currently I’m receiving radiation therapy and the staff at the “center” has been wonderfully kind and supportive. … but, your question reminds me of the loss of my wife 8 years ago to pancreatic cancer. One afternoon, while my wife was sick, I called home to tell my kids I’d stop and bring something home for dinner. They said there was no need to get anything, when they got home from school a fully cooked beautiful meal was already on the table. Neither the kids nor my wife had any idea where the meal came from and the nourishing gifts continued for weeks after my wife’s death. No one ever told us who to thank for this kindness and I had no idea how to return the serving dishes. Later that spring when visiting a friend’s yard sale I noticed a woman from our church buying a large pile of serving dishes. Then I learned that she coordinates the beautiful gifts of many kind folks throughout our town.

      My wife died on Good Friday and the funeral was held the following Monday. When I looked across the back of the church I saw a sea of kids. The parents, teachers and administrators had worked together over the Easter weekend to make sure my kids were not alone at their mother’s funeral.

      over 1 year ago
    • mhughes' Avatar
      mhughes

      My friends have prayed for me and one friend is providing me with yoga classes. Super helpful.

      over 1 year ago
    • Mamorgan1052's Avatar
      Mamorgan1052

      Sit and watch tv... I didn't want to talk and didn't want to do anything so the real friends where the ones who would watch a movie and didn't require me to talk to them. The just let me sit and made me feel better just with their presence.

      over 1 year ago
    • Mamorgan1052's Avatar
      Mamorgan1052

      Sit and watch tv... I didn't want to talk and didn't want to do anything so the real friends where the ones who would watch a movie and didn't require me to talk to them. The just let me sit and made me feel better just with their presence.

      over 1 year ago
    • RMR's Avatar
      RMR

      Many of my friends helped me and my family right after my bi-lateral
      Mastectomy by sending meals. One friend organized it on an online
      Meal chain website. It was so sweet and helpful. When food was absolutely
      The last thing on my mind, it was taken care of. I remember being so
      Disinterested in food that if I was asked "what do you want to eat?" I would
      Have replied "nothing". But put something in front of me, I'd have at least
      A little bit of whatever it was. It also took a bit of the pressure off my husband.
      I will always be greatful for those meals that were sent.

      over 1 year ago
    • DebbiD's Avatar
      DebbiD

      Friends and neighbors did things for me I couldn't do for myself. My mom and dad had come up to stay with me during treatment. I'd say the nicest thing is when friends and neighbors offered to stay with me so they could get some time going out.

      over 1 year ago
    • crabtrjt's Avatar
      crabtrjt

      I had a friend tell my girlfriend of a Tongue Cancer Patient that was cured and could come and talk me through a tough time I was having. He came to my home and sat on the couch and talked for 2 hours and wow, it just turned my attitude around and made me see that Yes, I will get through this also, how I would eat better one day and yes how I would not run to the bathroom everyday and get sick, it just turned everything around 100 percent. We are both cured and great friends today and meet for dinners periodically, thanks to Darryl again. and of course praying to the Lord everyday was most important thing in my life. Good luck! Tim

      over 1 year ago
    • mama9's Avatar
      mama9

      My kids got a team going for Walk for Life .I had just started chemo and it was only one week before the event and we raised over $1500.They made me very proud.They were one of the last three teams left at the end .

      over 1 year ago
    • LucyB's Avatar
      LucyB

      It is amazing how many caring people there are in my life.I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer over 5 years ago. The kindnesses started with cards-literally hundreds of them, and prayers from people I don't even know-parishioners from other churches,a whole convent full of nuns, relatives, friends and co-workers. Then lots of people brought me dinners, and some still do, since I am still on chemo. I got 6 free housecleanings from my local " cleaning for a reason " company. After that,I was lucky enough to win free housecleaning once a month for a full year, from the same company. My brother and his wife paid for extra housecleaning so I didn't have to do any cleaning. Now my daughter cleans for me. As I used up my sick time at work, my co-workers donated hundreds of their sick time hours to me. When I went into remission the first time, a lunch was held to celebrate and 30 people came.Since I have always been a very independant person, accepting all of these things was difficult, but I learned that allowing people to give, not only helped me, but made them feel better too.

      over 1 year ago
    • Snooks' Avatar
      Snooks

      I live in a condo complex and because my husband and I traveled so much, I never really got to know some of my neighbors. One neighbor in particular (who is my age) brought me homemade soup (and the recipe) during my treatments. We've been the best of friends since.

      over 1 year ago
    • reddingfemale's Avatar
      reddingfemale

      Nicest thing anyone did for me while I was on my cancer journey was , my sisters they took me shopping for a wig, brought me clothes when i lost wieght , and stayed with me 24 / 7 when I was in the hospital the first three weeks.

      over 1 year ago
    • JoLoaretti's Avatar
      JoLoaretti

      holy moly...City of Hope housed both My Husband & myself for 4 months post transplant, Gave us a place to live closer to the hospital... My salon had a cut a thon & gave us the profits, just in time to save our tail, it was supposed to cross something off his bucket list, but out bucket list changed from going someplace fun...to just being able to pay for his medicines ....where again City of hope has come through and covered what we can NOT pay. when I walk though the gardens & I now see the name plates of all those who have donated funds, I say a pray for their family, knowing they have known what we are going through. all my girlfriends who show up with food or goodie baskets, nice things we dont think to do for ourselves because we are only trying to survive, un ask for hugs from the nurse who knows what you have been through......everyday there is some thing, Im sure there are angels watching out for me, the timing of everything is always just to perfect~!~ so grateful everyday.

      over 1 year ago
    • meers' Avatar
      meers

      While I was doing my radiation treatments, daily for six weeks, the people I work with took turns bringing me lunch everyday to eat while I was driving to the cancer center. It was so nice to not have to worry about what to have for lunch everyday. Each day was a surprise and a blessing! I would jump in my car, get "radiated" jump back in the car, eat and drive back to work and continue my workday.

      over 1 year ago
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      jennqt

      On my last day of radiation treatment, every teacher and staff member at the school where I teach showed up wearing pink! Pink "surprises" kept appearing on my desk all day long, flowers, cards, and a rice crispy treat pink ribbon.

      over 1 year ago
    • CMilkovich's Avatar
      CMilkovich

      My co-worker friend Kim makes me delicious smoothies every day she is here, she is my angel and helps me get my WBC counts up. Of course I am grateful for wonderful family, friends, co-workers, my relatives are constantly sending me things, my neighbor gives me flowers from her garden. The smallest every day things seem to mean the most. How did I deserve all of this? Thank God for those that love you!

      over 1 year ago
    • bjay's Avatar
      bjay

      IT MAY SOUND SILLY TO SOME BUT A FRIEND TOOK CARE OF MY DOG,TO THE POINT OF SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR WITH HER WHEN MUFFIN EXPERIENCED SEPARATION ANXIETY.

      over 1 year ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar
      liznparadise

      My daughter who lives a 1/2 hr away, works full time in a different city than either of us and who also has 3 young children came to my house every day after work when I was going through treatment. She would do the simple things that I couldn't do, put out the trash, clean the litter box & feed the animals, bring in the newspaper & mail. I felt guilty for taking the time away from her little ones but greatly appreciated her help. Also I appreciated all of the people who approached me when I was able to go out again and told me survivor stories. I was amazed to learn how many people I knew who had had cancer. All of the good thoughts and prayers were wonderful.

      over 1 year ago
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      leslifish

      I am an elementary school teacher with ovarian cancer. Tomorrow I go to get the results of my first blood tests/scans since finishing chemo in August. I arrived at school today to discover that every single person on staff at my school was wearing teal to show their support for me. There was a "you rock lesli" sign on the work room door. Inside the workroom were two tables full of food decorated in teal. Also on one of the tables was a tree covered in little teal slips of paper. Each slip of paper had a note of encouragement and support. There were teal toes and teal fingernails everywhere I looked. After school several of my male co-workers took off their shoes to reveal that they had teal toes too! This team has supported me in many amazing ways throughout my journey, but today was just beyond anything I could have ever thought of. I am so lucky.

      over 1 year ago
    • MNM1983's Avatar
      MNM1983

      I had Leukemia AML when I was 5 months old and needed a bone marrow transplant in order for me to live and my older sister was my donor.

      over 1 year ago
    • nanrex's Avatar
      nanrex

      My wonderful Boss kept paying me even after my sick time had run out. so while i was home
      most of the time from side effects of cisplatin and gemzar, a paycheck was deposited into my account every 2 weeks. I have been back full time for 6 months now, but will never forget
      the peace of mind he gave me while i was fighting the battle.

      over 1 year ago
    • kathycompton's Avatar
      kathycompton

      My family was there for me and friends when I was in the hospital I was diagnosed with colon cancer , I t was so fast in the emergency room when I went in ,and went under the knife ,

      over 1 year ago
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      kathycompton

      My son stood by me all the way in the hospital

      over 1 year ago
    • Grandy's Avatar
      Grandy

      Hubby shaved his head. My best girl friend, and also my brother, encouraged me to take off my hat for them. They've all been very kind.

      about 1 year ago

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