|My Dad died of colon cancer 26 years ago, and my third colonoscopy (I need them every 5 years) is now scheduled. My mom took such good care of him, and they went through a lot for a long time.
I don’t think there’s any of us who doesn’t have someone close facing this horrible disease. While we may not be their caretakers, we can do something to lighten and brighten their days.
Typical Side Effects of Cancer Treatments
It’s no party! Conditions include anemia, appetite loss, bleeding and bruising, constipation, diarrhea, edema, fatigue, hair loss, infection, lymphedema, memory or concentration, nausea and vomiting, neuropathy, pain, sexual and infertility, sleep problems, urinary and bladder problems, ….
No wonder we want to help. And it is amazing what the tea can do to help with these side effects, and sometimes even astonishingly so. If you have a friend with cancer, please reply to this e-mail with your name and address and I will send you a gift pack that you can pass along.
What else can we do to help?
An Amazing Book: Kitchen Table Wisdom, Naomi Remen,
NY Times Best Seller
Years ago I found an incredible library book that I thought would be light hearted and sweet: “Kitchen Table Wisdom” by Dr. Naomi Remen. Instead I found a collection of true, remarkable stories of cancer patients, as told to this gifted, light-filled soul. She was their cancer doctor. And instead of cancer ending their lives, it opened up a vision of who they were, how their cancer had been the catalyst to create healthier relationships and how they both remembered and created important experiences for themselves and those closest to them. Some of these patients passed away, and many of them lived. All of them blessed my life, as has this author. I have laughed and cried my way through this book several times.
Since then, whenever I hear of anyone with cancer, I do my best to get a copy of this book to them. The stories are short, and so beautifully written that it’s hard to read just one at a time. It is often just what what the individual, family and caregivers need to brighten an afternoon, or to fill an empty hour, as the stories can be read either silently, or outloud at a bedside.
Thinking of this book makes me cry (in a good way!) even writing this ….
Ten More Kind Things
1. Offer to help with yard and house work, run errands, organize paperwork
2. Provide some freezer meals
3. Use your talents to do something special: Anything! Here’s a topper to make you laugh and smile! A young oncology nurse, Holly Christensen, who, when she learned of a former roomate’s little daughter with cancer, crocheted her a Disney Princess fancy hair wig/hat. The whole thing has gone viral! You gotta see the pictures of these little girls at the Magic Yarn Project: CLICK HERE
4. Visit and keep things as normal as possible
5. Take them shopping for something cute and fun
6. Throw a scarf party where everyone wears a pretty scarf
7. Send gift baskets, snack packages and cards often
8. Laughter, laughter, laughter with movies, hats, kind jokes
9. Listen … just listen
10. Help with transportation to treatments for the patient and other family
There’s no end to the good that we can do! And remembering that it’s never selfish to take good care of our own health with diet, exercise, the tea, and listening to our bodies and doctors … is just as true, and just as important.
Well go have a good weekend. I’ll be attending a large, special annual Women’s Day for the ladies at my Church. We’re all gathering in Memphis. Such fun! You go have fun too!