Being diagnosed with cancer can devastate any person both physically and mentally as they try to survive the deadly disease. Their friends, family, and loved ones are also going to be deeply impacted by the news. They might struggle to accept the reality of the situation or find the best ways to help and support their loved one on the potentially lengthy and challenging journey towards recovery.
Approaching the subject may be a touchy moment, especially in the early days of being diagnosed and determining the proper treatment. Many may be unable to decide on the best way to express their own feelings of appreciation and care about their sick loved one. One possible idea is to give the patient a chemotherapy care package that will make them feel safe, entertained, and comforted. Turning to a professional gift service will guarantee that the items included in the parcel will be made of materials that are unlikely to cause unwanted side effects or further exacerbate any of the expected consequences of undergoing chemotherapy.
While it is normal to associate chemotherapy with hair loss, this is not always the case. That is why including a cap, scarf, or other hair-related items in the care package could be viewed as presumptuous or cause unnecessary stress by drawing attention to an extremely sensitive topic.
Food is another category that may be best to avoid. Chemotherapy can disrupt the person’s tastes, and they may find themselves unable to stomach what would otherwise be their favourite dish. In addition, many cancer patients go on strict food diets, with some excluding sugar completely, while others may stop eating meat, bread, etc. Before adding such items to the care package, it is paramount to consult the person about their current preferences.
Cancer treatments are not the same, but most patients have to undergo lengthy chemotherapy sessions regularly. The perfect care package will include items that make that otherwise unpleasant time be at least somewhat more comfortable. Find a soft and cosy pair of gloves, socks, or even a blanket to keep them warm.
Some cancer patients may start experiencing various skin-related issues, including itchiness, dryness, or the appearance of red and sensitive areas of skin. As such, adding a moisturiser, a lip balm, or a hydrating cream/wash could be a great idea. However, you may wish to only pick items specifically designed for dry or sensitive skin, such as fragrance-free ones, without parabens, and with minimal soap percentages.
Depending on the drugs and the prescribed treatment, chemotherapy sessions can last well over several hours. Putting something in your care package that will help the patient alleviate these long and tedious hours will be greatly appreciated. A colouring book with cheerful or funny illustrations, a gripping thriller or sci-fi novel, or even a hand-held game console could all be ideal choices.
Do not let the cancer diagnosis define your entire perception of the suffering person. Remember that they still have other interests, hobbies, and desires. Add a little something to distract them from the hospital environment, lift their spirits, and remind them of a pleasant memory or a fun experience you have shared in the past. Even something like a card with a personalised message could be enough to brighten the mood and give them some hope and happiness in this bleak moment of their lives.