My friend (28) just got diagnosed with breast cancer. We don't know what stage yet but we know it's growing rapidly and she'll need chemo for a year. I want to make her a basket of survival supplies. What should I put in?
Oh no, that's awful, I'm soooooo sorry to hear this. Your friend will be in my thoughts and I'm sending her, her family and friends warm healing loving hugs.
As Goobette said chapstick/lip balm, snacks, hard boiled sweets, lotion, magazines, a couple of books if she likes reading, a couple of puzzle books like word search or sudoko or crosswords, a dot to dot book, adult colouring books like mindfulness ones or inspirational quotes or whatever her favourite things are and lastly pens and colouring stationery like gel pens, fine liners, colouring pencils.
Maybe also things like vitamins and minerals, different herbal teas like ones for energy, calming ones, immune boosting ones..... there are soo many different ones to choose form or you could put her favourite fruit teas in.
I hope this helps you put a basket together for your friend, you are a very good, caring and loving friend to have x
Dad has Leukemia.. One thing he stresses is to bring a blanket. The chemo rooms are often cold. I used to manage my fiance's living with cancer forum when he was in the end stages. I am still in touch with several of the women who have been through the breast cancer ordeal. Will ask them for suggestions.
Another good suggestion is FACEMASKS! I have an autoimmune disease and when your immune system is down you are very likely to get whatever everyone has or don't have even if you're just shopping. Her immune system will take a big hit with having to go through Chemotherapy. Facemasks helped my friend when she had cancer, also she will need something for her head when her hair starts to fall out.
I talked to my friend who is a 20 year cancer (breast) survivor. Here are some things that helped her:
A lap blanket (robe). Chemo rooms are cold. Small heart shaped pillow so her arm wasn't resting against the site of the cancer. Snacks that would help with nausea Magazines, books, comics etc. Coloring books and crayons (or pencils) if using that hand isn't painful. Music - with headphones Blank journal or two. One to keep her thoughts in and another to record her stats in. (blood work, treatments, meds etc.) Ear plugs helped Kathy because it can get so noisy in those rooms.
When Kathy survived her cancer she decided she wanted to help others.. So she went to clown school and now her (cupcake) and her clown friends travel all over to entertain at hospitals, at make a wish events etc.
Will have to find her picture to show you. Her friends are going to also offer suggestions that might help.
Yes a good mental attitude is top, my aunt who I was taking care of lost her fight against Brest Cancer, but that's also because her heart was failing and the doctor's said that she couldn't handle the heart surgery, so they let her go home on Hospice Care.
I also have another friend who beat it twice, she is my hero. She always had a great mental attitude and even though she lived alone and no children, she also had an awesome support system. Friends would send her flowers and her neighbor would cook her dinner so she didn't have to while on Chemotherapy. It's also the little things that help. Like texting every day or going over to help clean house and cook her dinner, Chicken (Baked,) so no fat to make her even sicker. Mainly just be there for her, having a good support system helps.
I, too, am a breast cancer survivor. Anything uplifting to read, puzzle books, baby wipes, any kind of hard candies she likes. I will be praying for her... God carried me through it. Gentle hugs & lots of love.
Bring her something that doesn't scream "cancer" and "pity". I would like something like a funny book (to make me laugh), fashion magazines (to tell me you can always be beautiful), a pretty neck scarf, a music CD, etc.