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#1 OceanTwentyFour

Posted 16 July 2019 - 12:31 PM

A close friend of mine has just found out she has breast cancer. She is having surgery today and will find out the stage and treatment next week.
I wanted to put together a little care package for her. I thought of a book and some cheese & crackers as she loves cheese. Can anyone suggest other ideas?

#2 Jingleflea

Posted 16 July 2019 - 12:43 PM

Gel pens and a colouring in book maybe?
Hand cream
Lip balm

#3 MarciaB

Posted 16 July 2019 - 12:51 PM

Magazines. Or a book which has short stories.  Sometimes a novel can be too hard to concentrate on when you aren't feeling well.

Handcream and lip balm great ideas.

#4 Fossy

Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:10 PM

Netflix gift card, bed socks, nice pjs, heat pack, nice lip balm to help with cracked lips, gift card to the hospital for coffee/parking etc, hire a cleaner for her home.
Hope your friend is ok x

#5 JomoMum

Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:28 PM

How very thoughtful of you xx I agree with the suggestions above.

I would probably avoid the food, especially ones she loves now. If she does require chemo, often the foods you love don’t taste as good. But if she has a family, certainly some home cooked meals would be most appreciated by all when she is in hospital.

#6 Beancat

Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:47 PM

I have done a few of these for friends who are about to go through chemo, after my mother's experience

socks or sock like slippers for hospital - feet are always cold
pen and notepad - to jot down questions when they pop into your head for doctors and nurses
Definitely lip balm and hand cream - but with NO SCENT at all - the scent can contribute to nausea
A water bottle
Pepermint tea and ginger tea for nausea
Lolly pops
A book with short stories and or magazines
A nice scarf in case she loses her hair, otherwise its really nice to get a nice scarf bought for you anyway

If she has kids/partner - Id cook a few freezer meals too as she could be in hospital or off or feet for a while.  Her husband will be running around with kids and visiting her and is likely to appreciate coming home to a cooked meal

#7 lizzybirdsworth

Posted 16 July 2019 - 04:50 PM

A lovely warm fluffy blanket.

#8 too tired to care

Posted 16 July 2019 - 07:08 PM

The above ideas are great, also depending on which hospital she goes to for chemo, parking can cost a fortune,  so money or a card with money on it for this purpose is also helpful.

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