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You just found out that a family member or close friend has been diagnosed with cancer. You may feel helpless and at a loss for words. They need your help and understanding right now. The most important thing to remember is not to say "If I can do anything, let me know". They will never ask. No one wants to be put on the spot and they don't want to ask you for something that you're not willing to give. The secret is to just do something.
Below is a list of items that every cancer patient will need sooner or later. You can send these items if you're long distance, or create a nice gift basket with a few of the items in it and hand deliver. Depending on your relationship, I would suggest to call first. Chemotherapy and radiation sessions can be brutal and the last thing they need is someone knocking on their door - even if you are bearing gifts. If all is well, your presence and support will be greatly appreciated.
When someone is going through cancer treatment, fatigue is their number one enemy. House cleaning and yard work usually fall by the wayside. It's just too hard to keep up with the more physical aspect of day to day cleaning and tidying. Before they know it, they're living in squalor with no clean socks or underwear. If they could, they would send out an SOS to everyone and anyone close by to PLEASE help.
Below are some ideas that have been suggested by actual cancer/chemotherapy patients that either are currently in treatment or have been in treatment in the past.
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The next difficult, but otherwise normal event for most people would be grocery shopping, pet care and/or rides to appointments. Offering any of these services would be welcome beyond belief. Cooking and grocery shopping which are taken for granted by most people can be unsurmountable obstacles for other cancer patients. Prepared food delivery or fruits and vegetables delivery are a
Chemotherapy patients know the many side effects of their treatment and deal with them on a daily basis. There are not only the physical side effects to deal with, but also the emotional ones. If the patient has a family, he or she may start to feel guilt about not being able to take care of them as they once could. The patient may be on permanent disability and not working due to fatigue, pain or both. This can have a devastating affect on family finances and is very common among cancer patients.
To ease some of their burden, they need to be able to count on friends and family both near and far to help get them through this trying time. What usually happens is that friends and family are very supportive in the beginning, but that support tends to fall off as time goes on.
Chemotherapy can last a very long time. It is not uncommon for some patients to be undergoing chemotherapy for a year or two. Some have shorter periods of treatment, but find themselves back in chemotherapy down the road.
- Offer to prepare meals in advance and put in freezer to ease the burden of cooking
- Offer to help with laundry or lawn care
- Offer to give the dog a bath
- Offer to come in and do some housecleaning
- Offer to drive the kids to school or after school activities
- Walk the dog
- Take the kids overnight
- Bring over treats for the kids and husband like cookies, brownies, or movies
- Drop by just to say hi. Make sure you call first to see if they’re up to a visit.
- Drop by with things that they appear to need such as hard candies, hats, fuzzy socks, books, puzzles, moisturizers, or anything else you feel could give comfort.
- Send inspirational or funny cards (even though you’re close by).
- Offer to drive them to doctor appointments, the grocery store, or shopping.
- Offer to do the grocery shopping for them. This will help the patient and the caregiver.
- If there is a group of you who are close to the patient, make a schedule of who will do what and when. This way, the help doesn’t start to fade away as time goes on. There can be one organizer who keeps the schedule going.
- Offer to take the patient to chemo and stay with them during treatment.
- Write thank you cards for them to thank everyone who sent gifts and provided services.
- Send inspirational or funny cards
- Send a Comfort Gift basket that has everything they will need to reduce their side effects and help them fight off the discomfort of chemotherapy.
- Send gift cards for groceries
- Send a gift card for house cleaning (even one will help).
- Send gift card for lawn care
- If in doubt as to what they really need, send a Visa gift card so that they can choose for themselves what is important to them at this time.
- Send emails. Be patient if you don’t get a reply quickly. Side effects can knock them out for days on end.
- Don’t ask them what they need. Chances are they will say “nothing”. Just do something or send something. It will be appreciated.
- Send Gift Certificates to local restaurants