Try, if you can, to put yourself in the shoes of someone going through treatment. Hard to do, right? If you haven’t been through treatment or accompanied a loved one to an infusion center, for example, it might be hard to understand.
But here are a few true things: It can be a long day for many undergoing chemo. It’s helpful to have something distracting to do. It’s also helpful to do something that very well could help with side effects and symptoms. Among those side effects, skin and lips can dry out during chemo.
That’s why our “You’ve Got This!” gift packages make thoughtful chemo survival kits.(See my post on the actual meaning of “You’ve got this!”) In fact, I’ve sent these packages myself, to those in treatment. You’ve probably wanted to do something for a friend who’s having treatment, but perhaps you didn’t know what would be helpful. Cancer patients who have them tell me the items in our chemo survival kit are helpful:
The luxury lip balm is super-emollient and significantly helps dry lips. I’ve given friends undergoing chemo treatment or radiation a nice, moisturizing lip balm similar to the one in our gift packages and they tell me it’s appreciated.
I’ve also given affirmation cards, to help patients engage the mind-body connection, banishing anxiety and worry and focusing on feelings of health and ease. One friend chose one a day as a meditation mantra during chemo. There are 50 in the deck, so lots to choose from, all positive, all encouraging and supportive.
A long day means too much time to worry. The Guided Journal for Healing provides a positive alternative: a way to express emotions about their disease and treatment. Several fairly recent studies have shown that patients who wrote about their emotions had fewer symptoms and fewer cancer-related visits to the doctor.
We know that stuffing those fears and emotions isn’t good for us. That’s why I developed this book of prompts. Patients can write, draw or even collage their feelings in response to the questions. There are also peaceful meditations and other simple activities in the journal to support those undergoing chemo.
This is what’s in the regular sized gift package, which makes a gentle chemo survival kit.
A positive outlook is a way to combat tension and anxiety. And what cancer patient wouldn’t feel anxiety? Our “You’ve got this!” stick is an encouraging mantra, a positive thought to look at every day. The rose quartz healing stone can be used as a worry bead. And of course, the candle can’t be used in the treatment center but is a lovely symbol of your care and love for your friend or family member.
The large gift package is $34.99 with free shipping in the U,S. and discounted shipping to Canada. We’ll even give you the the opportunity to add your encouraging message to the gift card that comes with it.
The regular “You’ve Got This!” (or chemo survival gift) package is $19.99 with the same shipping deal. It includes the Healing Affirmation Deck, the “You’ve Got This!” sticker and the heart shaped candle. You can find them both under the Gifts tab at A Healing Spirit.
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