As someone that’s undergone chemo, I know from experience that a little can go a long way. For anyone interested in gifting or making their own DIY chemo care package for someone you know that’s in the fight of their life, I’ve listed a few of my favorite things that I found to be the most helpful. Any one of these items would be a really sweet gesture and are guaranteed to bring a smile to the person on the other end. ☀️ The items below and more can all be found on Amazon here.
Mouth dryness is a super annoying symptom of chemo. Biotene was my fav brand of moisturizing mouthwash that actually made a difference.
Chapped lips are serious, so an intense moisturizing lip balm without a scent is a must-have.
My feet were always cold and these warm and relaxing Dr. Scholl’s spa socks with grippers are great for walking and lounging around in 24/7.
Anything to help relax, like a comfortable neck pillow for the oncology center or home in their comfy chair; soft and comfy earplugs for when they need peace and quiet; small noise cancelling earbuds are great for drowning out noise and helping rest.
Ginger chews also help with nausea and Chimes is the best brand I found. This multi-pack is great so they can choose which flavor they like best. Funny, before going through chemo I never cared for mango flavored anything. During treatment I found I loved it and years later still do. I also loved sucking on lemon heads since they helped “numb” my painfully dry and cracked mouth.
Queasy Drops and Pops are a sucking “candy” made by drs especially for chemo patients to help with nausea. The honey were my favorite, and I love these raspberry-flavored breast cancer supportive ones! Great to keep in your purse or car.
I ate A LOT of chicken broth. When nothing sounds good (which is quite often), a cup of chicken soup can do the trick. I kept these instant packets in my purse and used them all the time.
Little crackers are quick and easy and a good snack to safely take medicine with.
Another fun fact: Chemo kills your taste buds, and I was having a hard time tasting anything, meaning everything was super bland. My dr suggested I try putting something spicy to “wake up” my taste buds and it 100% helped. Years later I still put Tabasco on everything.
One of the best tips I ever received was about silverware… you start tasting the metal from regular silverware and it becomes overwhelming, so using plastic ware can help get rid of the nasty metal taste.
Not a lot of time? These ready-to-gift bags come filled with thoughtful and useful items too.
And the most important thing you can do for them… is a hand written note of encouragement ☀️ Cancer is a marathon. Having an encouraging and supporting group of people around you that can pick you up when you’re too worn out to even lift up your head makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
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