Gifts; what to give when someone is diagnosed with cancer

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want to help. There are so many ways to help but it’s sometimes hard to know what kind of help is going to be the most impactful. There is the “let me pick up your kids after school” help. There is the, “I am bringing over several frozen meals to have when you need something for dinner” help. Sometimes that kind of hands-on help isn’t possible, but you can still let your loved one know you care. I have several suggestions for gifts you can give your loved one affected by cancer to let them know you are supporting them and thinking about them even if you cannot always be there physically.

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Essential Oils for Cancer Warriors and Caregivers

Clia Tierney is a beloved friend but she is also a Transformational Coach, Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor and wellness advocate. Clia and I recently went to on a yoga retreat together and little did I know that Clia was going to show up with her arsenal of essential oils. It was something I knew nothing about. But at every turn, for every minor problem I had, Clia had an essential oil to offer up. I was very intrigued. I purchased a diffuser and several oils when I got back from our trip. I have the diffuser in my office and I turn it on every morning. I diffuse lavender, peppermint or various citrus oils. It feels like the right way to start my day and helps me to feel awake and invigorated. I am hooked. Given all her expertise and wisdom, I asked Clia to share with all of you. There is so much benefit to be derived from essential oils for both patients and caregivers.

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Hair Loss: A Cancer Conundrum

For years I have been educating people prior to receiving chemo and informing them of the possibility of hair loss. Initially, I was surprised by the depth of emotional reaction to the loss of hair; I didn’t understand why this was such a big deal. Not faced with losing my own hair, I was thinking about it purely from the rational, bigger picture perspective.  I thought “hey, we can cure your cancer with this chemo and that is what is important...hair loss is insignificant if it means that this treatment can save your life!” 

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