When one hears a friend or family member is suffering from breast cancer, often the first impulse is the desire to help them in some way. Many people feel the need to send something to help lift the patient’s spirits such as a gift basket full of items to help them through the battle.
While some people opt to assemble such a basket themselves, others seek a ready-made option online. Either way, just exactly what to put in that basket can be a tough question.
Women Rock Founder LuAnn Daniel said such care packages almost always include a soft blanket. She said they also include a neck pillow and adult coloring books.
Those items are targeted, she said, toward people who are going through chemotherapy. Such patients sometimes find the treatment rooms cold and the chairs uncomfortable. The blanket and pillow help with that and the coloring book helps to keep their minds and fingers busy while the medication flows.
Daniel said they also include information about self-care while going through treatment and small items such as lip balm and lotion.
Paige Hagood Simpson of Denison, who was diagnosed with grade one invasive carcinoma in March, said she didn’t tell anyone outside of her family about her diagnosis until after she had finished her treatments. The treatment included a lumpectomy and then radiation. However, she said, it would have been nice to have received a care package containing beauty items.
Cancer, she said, makes “you feel ugly.” Simpson worried about her skin and she longed to have something to use to soak in the tub.
Care packages can continue to support survivors well after treatment is completed. Daniel said sometimes little things like a homemade card can give a person in recovery the inspiration they need to carry on. Other items to include in a care package or gift basket can include movies or magazines or subscriptions to a streaming service.
People who go through chemo and lose their hair might appreciate knitted hats or scarves.
Health Magazine recommends button down pajamas for women who are recovering from breast surgery to alleviate the need to raise one’s arms to get dressed. They can be found in various price ranges and in fun colors and patterns that can help add a little cheer to the recovery process.