greeting cards for cancer patients
Paper Greeting Cards Designed for Patients with Cancer and Cancer Survivors
The traditional 'Get Well' greeting card doesn't always work when it comes to patients fighting cancer and undergoing treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.
Many cancer patients say they feel isolated because friends and sometimes family are afraid to stay in touch, fearing they will say the wrong thing and make matters worse. Or the patient's treatment is so exhausting, they find it difficult to find the energy to talk on the phone or accept visitors.
Receiving cards of support and encouragement is a genuine lifeline, often brightening a day and bringing a smile when it's needed most.
Greeting cards designed by Corrie Kuipers and Nene Adams specifically to address the unique circumstances of those battling cancer and related illnesses are a way for you to stay connected. The messages are positive and hopeful, the images bright and cheerful. Sending words of encouragement and support to a cancer patient of any age can make a difference in their life, and have a beneficial effect on their recovery. Here are some samples of the kind of cards you'll find in the collection (click image for larger view):
In addition to cards for cancer patients, this range includes thank you cards for caregivers, cards of encouragement for caregivers, and congratulations for a patient nearing the end of their chemotherapy treatments. You'll also find cards designed for children, pre-teens and teenagers who are fighting cancer, and there are cards celebrating survival anniversaries.
A tip for supporters: if you're sending a card to a cancer patient, include a pre-paid phone calling card (often a major benefit for those who are hospitalized, undergoing treatments, or who are caregiving a patient), or gift certificates for gas, retail stores, restaurants (that deliver), movies, DVD rentals - especially items that can be purchased on-line.
Get more tips and ideas for gifts for cancer patients at the
Cancer Touches Everyone blog.
A cancer diagnosis involves the whole family, not just the patient, never more so when it comes to children with leukemia or other forms of cancer. The cards for children, teens and tweens provide positive messages addressing their unique needs and concerns. Parents of children facing treatments and surgery also need all the support they can get, and there are encouraging cards designed to let them know you care and want to help in any way you can. Don't forget to include a pre-paid phone card - a thoughtful gift that will be appreciated.
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if you've been diagnosed with cancer, or you know someone who has, any of these books would be a welcome addition to the essential reading material.
More tips for supporters of cancer patients
the gift of yourself is the most important one
1Don't wait to be asked - volunteer! Many people with cancer or other illnesses are uncomfortable asking for help. Of course, you should ask permission before doing something like mowing the lawn or cleaning out the refrigerator, but don't be afraid to say, "I'm here to help... what can I do?"
2If there are children in the family, volunteer to take them for a night before a scheduled surgery or after surgery, or at any time during radiation/chemo treatments or during the recovery and healing process. Moms and dads will be grateful for the opportunity to have a little quiet time for themselves.
3Volunteer to do the laundry, run errands like picking up prescriptions, take kids to baseball practice or ballet class, make meals that can be frozen and re-heated (be careful of dietary restrictions like allergies - if you're not sure, ask). In the latter case, be aware that chemo will usually leave a person experiencing nausea, mouth sores and food aversions, so include friendly snacks like homemade broth, plain muffins, sugar cookies, plain crackers or breadsticks.
4Ask permission before visiting, and don't be offended if you're asked to come another time. When you do visit, the old axiom of "listen twice as much as you talk" applies. Listen to your friend, let them vent, and if they cry, offer tissues and comfort, not platitudes. When you do talk to them, don't relate horror stories - remain focused on the positive. Above all, just be there. Contact is critical.
5Don't stop supporting your loved one when remission has been achieved. Cancer changes a person, and it can be incredibly difficult to return to a "normal" life after undergoing such a traumatic experience. Don't expect them to just "get on with it." Remain supportive, not critical. Keep calling, sending cards, visiting... take them out to lunch or shopping. Stay connected.
6Other great ideas: treat the person to a spa day or a massage before surgery, or after chemo/radiation treatments are done; offer to accompany them to yoga classes (deep breathing techniques can help with pain management and nausea control, and gently stretching the muscles prevents atrophy); knit a hat, a pair of warm socks, or a cozy blanket (chemo patients are often cold); if your company permits, transfer some vacation days to a colleague with cancer so they can go away for a week before commencing treatment.
7Caregivers need support, too. Don't forget about the patient's primary caregiver, often a family member like a husband or wife. Volunteer to learn about any necessary medical procedures that are done at home, so you can offer to give the caregiver a day off. Phone weekly to ask how they're doing, send a card or practical gift like a gift certificate for gas (this can be a big expense if the treatment center is far from home), or just be there to listen when it's needed.
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