Recently, someone I love was diagnosed with Cancer – and told they will need to go through Chemotherapy. So often when loved ones get a diagnosis like this it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. What can we possibly say or do to help?
While I don’t have any magic answers, I’ve found it helps me to cope – if I can find a way to be helpful to the person who is sick, even if it is in just a very small way. That’s how the idea for this Chemo Care Basket Came about.
Below, is what was included in the Chemotherapy Gift Basket I made – hopefully it gives you some ideas. That said, you could include so many other helpful items! So, feel free to be guided by your knowledge of the gift recipient and your own intuition as well!
Putting together a Chemotherapy Gift Basket-
- A Tumbler that has a Lid, and a Straw – This is helpful for drinking when the person is laying down. The lid and straw keep the beverage from spilling when the person takes a sip from bed.
- Hard Candy to Suck – Ginger hard candy can help with the nausea Chemo can cause, and flavored hard candy can help with the metallic taste chemo can sometimes leave in the mouth.
- Fuzzy socks or Throw – When the person is actually receiving Chemo they can get a chill, and feel extra cold. So a fuzzy throw, hat or socks can help them stay cozy during treatments.
- Assorted Fruit Juice or Tea – Staying hydrated can be hard, especially when some tastes cause nausea. An assorted pack of flavored beverages will give your loved one choices, and hopefully provide one flavor that they can keep down.
- Unscented hand lotion & Chapstick – Scented products are likely to cause nausea, but hand lotion and chap-stick are often sorely needed. Chemo can cause skin to get chapped and crack. Formulas for sensitive skin with no scent are really helpful.
- Non-Metal Utensils – Not all chemo patients experience an aversion to the metal taste it can sometimes cause in their mouth, but many do. In that case it’s helpful to not exacerbate the taste by using metal silverware.
- A Treat – Something that makes your friend or loved one smile. An inspirational book, a personal note… chocolate? You know best!
- Hand Sanitizer for Visitors – Chemo can wipe out the patients immune system and make them very easily susceptible to germs. I took the label off a bottle of hand Sanitizer, painted it to match my basket, and added ribbon to it. Hopefully the pretty presentation makes it nicer to keep nearby – and visitors will be more likely to see it, and use it before visiting.
Do you have other suggestions for great gifts for those undergoing chemo? If so – I’d love to hear them!