When a friend is diagnosed with cancer it is not easy to know what to say or how to express support. Simply being present and checking in to ask how they are doing and listening are sometimes all they need to know you are there for them. Many people want to give a gift to express their support during this difficult time. Here are some simple suggestions of what to give your friend diagnosed with cancer.
Connect your friend with someone you know through your network of friends and family that is going through or went through the cancer journey themself. Even if it is a friend of a friend, an offer to make an introduction is giving them a support system.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, I formed deep friendships with strong women who also battled the disease. Some were going through the journey at the same time as me, some were towards the end of their treatment, some had beat it years ago. Getting to know all these courageous women at different points on their journey helped me find the support and knowledge to forge ahead.
The worst part of cancer for me personally was the diagnosis. The unknown caused great fear and anxiety for me because cancer is not fully understood. I didn’t know what cancer was and how it worked. So I set out to learn as much as I could about cancer in the belief that knowledge is power.
I also wanted to take control of my healing journey and not sit back and expect the doctors to do it all for me. I did what the doctors recommended as treatment and then I supplemented this with healthy lifestyle changes at home. I felt like it worked like a one-two punch that helped me beat breast cancer.
The book that absolutely helped me is How to Starve Cancer by Jane McLelland that you can find on Jane’s website or buy on Amazon. Jane beat stage 4 cancer more than once through her protocol that weakens and starves the cancer without starving herself. She won awards for her research and contribution helping others with her knowledge. The book provides helpful summaries at the beginning and end of the book. Jane also does an online course for those interested in learning more.
Ideas for gift giving would include a book, and perhaps a cozy blanket and soothing Epson bath salts. There are lovely cards and journals with inspirational messages. Giving a soy candle would be thoughtful too. It is important to keep cortisol levels down and not get too stressed. Prayer and meditation can help with that.
I also like the book Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz because it is simple and written for busy people. The book goes through the different types of meditation practices to help beginners find what works for them to incorporate in their life. You can find the book on Amazon.
May your friend find comfort during this challenging time. They can do this especially with the support from friends and family.