• What to do with cards from friends?

    Asked by CarolLHRN on Sunday, December 30, 2012

    What to do with cards from friends?

    I received lots of cards while going through treatment. Now that I am through with treatment and trying to move on, I can't decide what to do with the cards. Some of them mean a lot to me and got me through horrible days of chemo. I was looking for ideas of what to do with them without creating a scrapbook or putting them in a box.

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Maybe recycle them by sending them to others? You could add your own comments about what the card meant to you and hoping that you can pass on that same positive support to the addressee.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I kept some in my "treasure box". What about making a treasure box out of them using a paper mache box found at the craft store. Glue them on and the decoupage over them. Or and Nancyjac says, recycle them to others.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Try taxing thhe ones that mean thre most to you and make a collage and having it framed to hang on the wall. Congratulation on conpleting treatment, we all hope that you will never need treatment again.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Hmmmm....what about making a collage of them? A collage that can can be framed. Like art. I think it would be very pretty and very meaningful.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      LOL :D I just noticed Peroll had the same idea. :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I have the most special sitting on my desk, however, as I move on to a new job and the "new" me, I don't want to see constant reminders of those ugly days. However, I know that there will be times I want to go back and feel the love that I received during that time. I lost my brother many years ago and although it can be painful, on occasion, I'll open the box in my closet with all the cards and notes my family received...and although it leads to tears, I still find comfort in every note and card. So while you are ready to move on, maybe tuck those cards away and don't do anything permanent yet. Perhaps after a year or two, you may decide that you have completely put the nightmare behind you and don't want to see any reminders. But there may be some times when you want to feel the love and remember the support system you had by reading the cards and notes people sent.

      Congrats! It's an awesome feeling.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Save them!!! When I first started getting cards, I kept them for awhile and then discarded them. Shortly thereafter, I saved them -- and I have found it most comforting to look back and see all the love & support declared for me. I keep them in a special place so that they are not a constant reminder of the rough times -- a place that I can go to when I need to feel all that love. I am so sorry that I do not have those first cards.

      almost 4 years ago
    • LSFITZ's Avatar

      I had taped mine around a doorway during my treatments, they were up there for a whole year. I just took them down as I have finished my treaments and hope to stay cancer free! I have not decided what to do with them either but as you said they meant so much and helped you through it all. I like the idea of putting them in a vey special box to be looked at occasionally when you need to see them again as life is moving on cancer free!

      almost 4 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar

      I kept all my cards.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      I received only 2 cards and I thought it was sooo sweet from these frinds. Nowadays, with emails, cards are kind of out of fashion around here in Brazil. But emails are so unpersonal... I wish I had gotten more cards.

      almost 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I rather like NancyJacs idea of recyling them. You could keep the personal notes, and send the front pages on to other folks, with a note explaining how hopeful & helpful you found the good wishes. Maybe get some nice plain cards at the craft store & glue the front pages on.
      I have a rather large pile of cards, and also the notes from the flowers I received, which I kept in a box under my desk and I would look at them when I was feeling unworthy....I just moved them to a box in my upstairs closet. I'm not ready to part with them yet, but don't want them in constant view anymore.

      almost 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i tended to receive more consumables and time from folks as opposed to cards.... cookies, home-made bread, home-made chili, and so on... and bike rides. i didn't get many cards. but, i did get a few, and i have held on to them! they represent some of the positive of my cancer experience, and i like thinking about the people who were thinking of me in healing ways... i also have a fan (for hot flashes), a couple of great hats (one of which I passed to a friend who's doing chemo now), and various other things from chemo-time.... and, one of my cancer buds actually gave me my first real haircut post-chemo... i was having issues about getting it cut, and, for some reason, i just felt more trust in him than in a professional.... all in all, you'll figure it out. just take your time... and remember how much all of your friends and family mean to you... and how much you mean to them. great problem to have, yes?

      almost 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I've kept all of my cards for now after finishing chemo 3 months ago. Like you said, they got me through a very tough time.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Okiegrandma's Avatar

      Since my cancer refuses to leave, I have keptmall my cards and go back through them. I have two shoe boxes full. I have outlived several of the senders. I have been in treatment so long, almost two years, that I don't get as many cards as I used to. I guess people are tired of hearing about me. But every card is precious and carried a prayer.

      almost 4 years ago

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