As a former cancer patient, I can still remember some of the best gifts I received. They were thoughtful gifts of books, meditation CDs, journals, a teddy bear, a handmade afghan, etc. Sometimes they were gifts of taking me out to experience ‘normal’. Or an understanding friend who just listened and let me talk – or cry. That often happened.
It’s a time when you are feeling fragile, alone, uncomfortable and fearful of your future. Its different than getting the flu or going in for surgery. Cancer carries a huge emotional impact that last far longer than the surgery and treatment. It calls up all your issues about mortality. Issues we don’t normally deal with in our day to day life.
If you aren’t sure what to buy, why not enlist the help of a service that provides healing gift baskets for cancer patients. They already know what is helpful, and if you have ideas of your own, can put together a custom basket. This works especially well if you do not live close by but still want to be supportive of a family member or friend.
A breast cancer survivor gift – or gift for anyone going through cancer, will almost always bring a smile to their face. It helps knowing that people are there for you.