There are a few people in my circle who have or had throat and neck cancers. As these are more rare forms of cancer, help and support is often not readily available.
By knowing these people, I have come to understand some of their challenges. One of the main problems as a result of treatment is no saliva and the resulting issues around eating – even the enjoyment of eating such as lack of taste.
Saliva is something we take for granted in the eating process. When it is absent, food is not easily chewed, absorbed or transported. It needs to be soft, wet and a milky consistency in order to facilitate swallowing. Even exercise is a challenge as dry mouth sets in. Having a ready water supply is absolutely necessary.
Dry mouth products are available to help counter some of these problems. Although not inspirational gifts for cancer patients with head and throat cancer, a gift basket of these products for dry mouth might be a very welcome and helpful gesture of caring and concern.
I hear this question all the time. People want to help their loved one, family member and/or friend, but don’t really understand what might be helpful and appropriate.
Here are some suggestions, both practical and inspirational?
- Create a ‘food network’ to supply food on a rotating schedule. Treatment creates fatigue. Those going through cancer have enough trouble getting through the day without having to then think of what to either make for themselves or their family. Soups, stews, muffins, etc. – all excellent. The are easy to heat up and/or nourishing when the appetite is low.
- A journal, books, meditation CDs/DVDs always work.
- Inspirational Gifts; by way of gift baskets with a few items specially chosen for cancer patients. This way you don’t have to think about what to include. That part is done for you by somneone who has the knowledge.
- Time – your time – to take their children for a half day, to drive them to appointments, to go for a walk, coffee, whatever and listen.
There are many more ways depending on the individual. Just the fact that you are there for them is a gift. They will feel your caring and love – much needed at this time.
As a dancer, music was and is a huge part of my life.
Life was busy when I was young – dance classes, singing lessons, school & homework, teaching dance classes, being in productions – and when I had time, a social life. Overwhelm used to hit me often so to relax and de-stress, I used to head to our basement rec room, put on a stack of classical records and lie down. An hour later, the world looked right again.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, healing music and meditation once again became a key element of my healing journey. I’d don earphones and transport myself to another plane on the waves of healing music during chemotherapy. In the dark of night when my fears and uncertainties slipped out, I would put on my earphones and listen to calm my soul.
There is much research into the healing benefits of music and/or sound. Have you ever had chills run up your spine when you listened to music that you loved. That’s energy – healing energy. It is a physical reaction that will also stir emotional responses in your body which in turn facilitates healing.
Music for Healingand meditation make a wonderful addition to your books resources for cancer patients – and can be a special gift that will make someone’s day. When I was going through treatment, friends and family would frequently send me CD’s of music they knew would lift my spirit. They were special treasures!
This question often comes up when I speak with those who have a family member or friend going through cancer. They just aren’t sure what will be helpful at this time. Where the person is on the cancer journey also matters. What is appropriate?
Consider a gift basket with inspirational gifts for cancer patients. These healing baskets save you the work of trying to figure out what would be helpful, have different themes, are focused for gender, age and/or specific issue, etc..
And, if you live distant from the person you want to support, what a wonderful way to say ‘I Care’, ‘I’m Here For You’.
Healing Baskets provides gifts to comfort and support the broken hearted. From sympathy, and loss to cancer, get well, divorce and caregiving. Our gifts encourage, comfort and inspire.
This is always a question I’m asked by family and friends of those going through cancer. What do they need? What would be helpful?
Here are a few ideas for inspirational gifts for cancer patients that will tickle your imagination:
1. Stainless Steel Water Bottle – most people carry one with them to treatment or wherever they go. Find one with an inspirational message to help lift their spirits.
2. Journal – place to thoughts, notes, ideas, emotions, etc. Get a beautiful pen to go with it.
3. Tote Bag – to carry a book, water bottle, journal, etc. to while away the time spent in doctor’s offices, waiting rooms, etc.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Watch for upcoming blogs with more ideas.
With all that goes with cancer treatment – surgery, chemotherapy and radiation – and often for those having chemotherapy, the subsequent hair loss, it was always uplifting to add bling to my outfit. Made me feel better and more ‘normal’.
Bling to me at the time was earrings – big ones that looked awesome with my hats and scarves. For you, it might be pendants, rings or bracelets.
The energy part comes by using healing gemstones which some believe carry the earth’s energy. This may or may not be true for you, but truly, these gemstones are very attractive regardless. And, I do know for myself, I feel better when I wear different ones because each gemstone has different healing energies.
Why not combine both – bling and energy – when you think about what to wear going through your cancer journey.
And, for your family and friends, what a wonderful gift idea. People often don’t know what to get for those going through cancer. Here’s a great idea.
Everyone experiences moments in life that are less than ideal; for some they could even be described as depressing, gloomy or blue. But the important thing to remember is that everyone must take in the bad with the good; after all, it’s the not-so-great moments that allow us to really enjoy the true pleasures in life. However, it never hurts to have a few words of encouragement along the way, no matter what your grievance may be.
I enjoy helping others through their hard times because it makes my own problems seem pale in comparison with their hardships. For example, my Aunt Kelly was diagnosed with Leukemia about four years ago. Since then she’s received all sorts of extensive treatments that weaken her body and her spirits from time to time. Therefore, I like to write her lots of inspirational poems to help comfort her in this time of suffering. I only wish there was more I could do to make her smile.
Sometimes you are just not near to give someone you know going through cancer a great big hug. How do you let them know that you care and are there to support them during this time? Here are some ideas for inspirational gifts for cancer patients – ones to help you give from a distance – or even up close when time is the issue.
1. Send a card with an inspirational message and a personal note from you. Your friend or family member will feel the love and know that you thinking about them.
2. Email an inspirational poem you read or a story of a cancer survivor that will inspire hope.
3. Send a Tote Bag with an inspirational poem on the front – a constant visual of encouragement – something they can take to doctor/hospital/treatment appointments.
4. Buy a book – there is a wide choice of books for cancer patients that will both inspire, educate, encourage, etc.
5. Mail a Stainless Steel Water Bottle – with words of encouragement on it, funny sayings to add humour, a poem, bright and shiny. Many options. Cancer patients always carry water bottles as they need to hydrate.
6. Consider a framed inspirational poem that shares a message of understanding, hope and courage. Something they can hang on the wall whether at home or in the hospital.
These are just a few ideas – I’ll share more in another post. As a former cancer patient and one who now works with cancer patients, I hear what makes a difference.
Self-esteem and self-image can become a challenge when going through cancer treatment, especially chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes most people to lose their hair – not only on their head, but also eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.
One way to perk up the look we have become accustomed to seeing in the mirror every day, is to add wonderful and unusual accessories – hats and scarves – and most certainly, healing jewelry. With a bit of makeup and some ‘bling’ with earrings or necklaces that are close to the face, a chic and/or fun look can be achieved.
There may be some dispute about the ability of gemstones to heal, but in fact, this information has been around for centuries. All objects on this planet carry energy and gemstones are no different. Many people have found comfort, and energy wearing healing jewelry. It can certainly lift ones mood and spirits, especially if you are someone who loves jewelry. Beautiful healing gemstones can also be a wonderful conversation starter, diverting attention away from the issues surrounding cancer treatment.
If you are wondering what to get a friend who is going through cancer, consider healing gemstones as jewelry. Even men will wear a necklace or bracelet.