Paper Greeting Cards Designed for Patients with Cancer and Cancer Survivors
The traditional 'Get Well' greeting card doesn't always work when it comes to patients fighting cancer and undergoing treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.
Many cancer patients say they feel isolated because friends and sometimes family are afraid to stay in touch, fearing they will say the wrong thing and make matters worse. Or the patient's treatment is so exhausting, they find it difficult to find the energy to talk on the phone or accept visitors.
Receiving cards of support and encouragement is a genuine lifeline, often brightening a day and bringing a smile when it's needed most.
Greeting cards designed by Corrie Kuipers and Nene Adams specifically to address the unique circumstances of those battling cancer and related illnesses are a way for you to stay connected. The messages are positive and hopeful, the images bright and cheerful. Sending words of encouragement and support to a cancer patient of any age can make a difference in their life, and have a beneficial effect on their recovery. Here are some samples of the kind of cards you'll find in the collection (click image for larger view):
In addition to cards for cancer patients, this range includes thank you cards for caregivers, cards of encouragement for caregivers, and congratulations for a patient nearing the end of their chemotherapy treatments. You'll also find cards designed for children, pre-teens and teenagers who are fighting cancer, and there are cards celebrating survival anniversaries.
A tip for supporters: if you're sending a card to a cancer patient, include a pre-paid phone calling card (often a major benefit for those who are hospitalized, undergoing treatments, or who are caregiving a patient), or gift certificates for gas, retail stores, restaurants (that deliver), movies, DVD rentals - especially items that can be purchased on-line.
Get more tips and ideas for gifts for cancer patients at the
Cancer Touches Everyone blog.
A cancer diagnosis involves the whole family, not just the patient, never more so when it comes to children with leukemia or other forms of cancer. The cards for children, teens and tweens provide positive messages addressing their unique needs and concerns. Parents of children facing treatments and surgery also need all the support they can get, and there are encouraging cards designed to let them know you care and want to help in any way you can. Don't forget to include a pre-paid phone card - a thoughtful gift that will be appreciated.
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if you've been diagnosed with cancer, or you know someone who has, any of these books would be a welcome addition to the essential reading material.
More tips for supporters of cancer patients
the gift of yourself is the most important one
1Don't wait to be asked - volunteer! Many people with cancer or other illnesses are uncomfortable asking for help. Of course, you should ask permission before doing something like mowing the lawn or cleaning out the refrigerator, but don't be afraid to say, "I'm here to help... what can I do?"
2If there are children in the family, volunteer to take them for a night before a scheduled surgery or after surgery, or at any time during radiation/chemo treatments or during the recovery and healing process. Moms and dads will be grateful for the opportunity to have a little quiet time for themselves.
3Volunteer to do the laundry, run errands like picking up prescriptions, take kids to baseball practice or ballet class, make meals that can be frozen and re-heated (be careful of dietary restrictions like allergies - if you're not sure, ask). In the latter case, be aware that chemo will usually leave a person experiencing nausea, mouth sores and food aversions, so include friendly snacks like homemade broth, plain muffins, sugar cookies, plain crackers or breadsticks.
4Ask permission before visiting, and don't be offended if you're asked to come another time. When you do visit, the old axiom of "listen twice as much as you talk" applies. Listen to your friend, let them vent, and if they cry, offer tissues and comfort, not platitudes. When you do talk to them, don't relate horror stories - remain focused on the positive. Above all, just be there. Contact is critical.
5Don't stop supporting your loved one when remission has been achieved. Cancer changes a person, and it can be incredibly difficult to return to a "normal" life after undergoing such a traumatic experience. Don't expect them to just "get on with it." Remain supportive, not critical. Keep calling, sending cards, visiting... take them out to lunch or shopping. Stay connected.
6Other great ideas: treat the person to a spa day or a massage before surgery, or after chemo/radiation treatments are done; offer to accompany them to yoga classes (deep breathing techniques can help with pain management and nausea control, and gently stretching the muscles prevents atrophy); knit a hat, a pair of warm socks, or a cozy blanket (chemo patients are often cold); if your company permits, transfer some vacation days to a colleague with cancer so they can go away for a week before commencing treatment.
7Caregivers need support, too. Don't forget about the patient's primary caregiver, often a family member like a husband or wife. Volunteer to learn about any necessary medical procedures that are done at home, so you can offer to give the caregiver a day off. Phone weekly to ask how they're doing, send a card or practical gift like a gift certificate for gas (this can be a big expense if the treatment center is far from home), or just be there to listen when it's needed.
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Leave a Comment - or just want to express yourself...
LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on October 03, 2012:
Thanks for sharing this helpful information
anonymous on August 06, 2012:
Just found out my mother has cancer of the gallbladder. Having ups and downs. Hope, prayers and positivity but it is very hard. Especially when you love them so very much. Wonderful cards I love the 'F'ck breast cancer one'
SDB from Australia on April 19, 2012:
'High Five' for a wonderful lens on an important topic. Many people don't know how to offer support to those in need. Your greeting cards are a lovely idea.
candidaabrahamson on March 10, 2012:
This is a very touching and useful lens, with an excellent idea about sending cards, and some great suggestions about ways to help cancer patients. I loved it so much I put it as a featured lens in mine about what not to say to a cancer patient. Stop by if you want to see your name in lights! Thanks for your upbeat work on this painful topic. Definitely goes on twitter and delicious!
undeadllama on December 30, 2011:
Excellent job collecting all of this in one place. Kudos!
sarahrk lm on December 19, 2011:
What a great way to honor someone. Thanks I will order
anonymous on December 18, 2011:
As a Support Worker the tips that you have given are great I hope people take notice of them
Iain84 on November 17, 2011:
Brilliant lens well done!
Gypsyraven LM on October 16, 2011:
What a wonderful lens on a sensitive subject!
Heather B on October 15, 2011:
WaynesWorld LM on October 12, 2011:
Great lens, I was looking around for Cancer Treatments and discovered your site, awesome.
Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on October 05, 2011:
Thanks you for sharing. As a Squid Angle and the mother of a son just diagnosed with cancer, I am especially touched by what you have written and am sure tht many of the resources will be of use as time goes on. Bless You!
Johanna Eisler on August 29, 2011:
I've been a patient, a caregiver, a friend, and a mourner. Your pages absolutely touch my heart. Bless you.
grifith on August 17, 2011:
Love This Lens
lesliesinclair on August 07, 2011:
You are right, cancer patients appreciate specialized demonstrations of caring, and these cards fit the bill.
Obscure_Treasures on July 21, 2011:
greeting cards for cancer patients is really a unique thing to do.This lens reminded me of my grandfather who died out of cancer in the year 2000.I didn't get the opportunity to give him but he would have loved it for sure.Great lens...loved it.
Patricia on July 05, 2011:
Great cards and love this lens! Blessed!
Janet-Lee on June 09, 2011:
I lost my older brother to cancer at the age of 29, that was over 30 years ago, I pray daily for a cure. You're cards are truly a blessing not only to the patient and family, but Rocket is right, people just don't know what to say...but your cards speak for them. Thank you & Bless you!
Rockett LM on May 20, 2011:
Many people are afraid to visit cancer patients because they don't know what to say. I think these cards are brilliant.
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on May 14, 2011:
Excellent lens, cancer is just one of those horrible diseases I wish we could find a cure for.
anonymous on April 11, 2011:
A very good lens and ideas for greeting cards for cancer patients.
alkapuri on April 11, 2011:
thanks for useful information.
Jenn Dixon from PA on April 08, 2011:
What a lovely lens! I will be lensrolling this from my Chemo Caps lens.
ScalpItchTips on April 02, 2011:
Gripandflip on March 09, 2011:
Great lens. I have a sister-in-law who has lymphoma and it's tough for her to do a lot of her own chores. We watch her kids for her a lot and help her out with money. Thanks for this lens.
passionatehouse on January 13, 2011:
I am guessing you have been closely involved with cancer inone way or another. I lost my mother to cancer 35 years ago, and my father has been involved with alternative cancer treatments, and cancer victimms and survivor support groups since. If you are interested, take a look at his website: www.westayhealthy.net. You have obviously covered a lot in your lenses.
AmbrosiaPopsicle on November 12, 2010:
This is a beautiful lens, and very sweet and meaningful cards. Thank you so much for sharing the warmth and love :)
Sammy24 on November 07, 2010:
Great cards, great advice. We have to find a cure. I just lensrolled to my" do not be selfish when someone is sick" lense
scar4 on September 22, 2010:
Thank you for the lens. I think cancer patients deserve much more care than healthy people.
happynutritionist on September 14, 2010:
I am afraid there have been too many that I know with cancer recently...it is always hard to know just the right thing to say or send to encourage them...thanks for this helpful site.
anonymous on August 26, 2010:
hese are great cards. The typical stuff seems trifling when you're facing something so serious.
Rose Jones on July 02, 2010:
Such a beautiful lens! And from the heart. I just finished 6 rounds of chemo and surgery and am joining the ranks of the survivors. I'll probably buy some cards some day, I love to send cards. I loved the people who would just drop by and grab the vacuum, especially if you knew they were not judging your messy house! It is so hard to clean when you have cancer. Best wishes - Rose
semas on June 12, 2010:
Great tips and advice.My husband's cousin has been diagnosed with cancer and these tips should help me to offer them support!5*
AgingIntoDisabi on January 30, 2010:
These are great cards. The typical stuff seems trifling when you're facing something so serious.
Jen Wood from Australia on November 14, 2009:
Great lens. My Dad is a cancer survivor. When he was in hospital I handmade some posters with affirmations on them for him to have on the wall, so he could look at them each day. Maybe you could design some of these too.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 02, 2009:
These are fantastic cards! Lensrolling to my Cancer Warrior lens!
anonymous on September 02, 2009:
Lovely lens, thank-you. Love, Darcie http://www.squidoo.com/karmasstory
rubybluesox on August 28, 2009:
Love your lens, your cause and your 7 tips... beautiful, absolutely beautiful.
anonymous on August 04, 2009:
[in reply to Jane]
Hi Jane! We do have cards specifically for cancer survivor anniversaries. Here's the URL:
http://artist.greetingcarduniverse.com/shopping/cb... kuipers cancer survivor anniversary&button.x=77&button.y=19
This will take you straight to the selection. If you or your friends ever want something specific or more personalized, drop me a line juliet1966 @ gmail.com
anonymous on August 04, 2009:
I am a cancer survivor and have many friends who are also survivors or are going through the experience right now.
I would like to find cards to celebrate our anniversaries: 1 year survivor, 2 year survivor...........5 year survivor.
It means to much to us.
infoels on April 14, 2009:
Nice people and nice posts here.
skin care tips
ARTforCancer on March 19, 2009:
How thoughtful of you, you are absolutely correct that the messages in typical cards just don't quite fit. best wishes
anonymous on March 06, 2009:
Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on February 20, 2009:
These are great tips
hempnecklace on October 28, 2008:
These cards are pretty sweet.
I have a friend that survived cancer using a holistic raw diet.
I created a new squidoo group for cancer lenses I would be grateful if you added your lens to the group. :)
sschaffer on August 30, 2008:
I'd like to help promote your site, your idea is great. I have a physical disability and I know that typical greeting cards do not express unique feelings. I share information on AmeriPlan the number one discount healthcare plan. Can we swap links? I'm at www.squidoo.com/blogAmeriplan
claires_rose_arbor_shoppe on August 24, 2008:
Thank you for this beautiful and helpful lens. # 6 is great! My husband is currently undergoing chemo and will hopefully be having a bone marrow transplant shortly after that!
Lien LM on August 07, 2008:
I really liked the cards and the tips. I constantly keep in touch with my Sister even when I feel pretty rubbish as well. Please have a look at my lens.
Gave you 5 stars.
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Tracy-B on June 20, 2008:
MissMinny (author) on April 29, 2008:
Thanks for the lovely comments! One of the things I noticed was a lack of cards especially for cancer patients and cancer survivors, so I thought I'd try to respond to what seemed like a real need. :)
EpicFarms on April 28, 2008:
Nice lens! As a survivor myself I think your list of suggestions are wonderful! I have just this month started blogging my cancer journey (apinkribbontale.blogspot.com) and I am also working on a "pink ribbon" section in my Etsy shop :o) Thanks for supporting BC patients!
bethbar on April 08, 2008:
Great site! Lots of good tips. I am an oncology nurse and love the cool cards!
Loreen on March 26, 2008:
Hi, I have recently made a lens for supporting the fight against breast cancer - "Buy a pink bag and help a Breast Cancer Foundation" and I saw your lens in the related section of my page.
I was happy to read your lens, the cards are very elegant, yet cheerful and inspirational! Congratulation on that!
I also liked the 7 tips for supporters of cancer patients, I hope lots of people will read it, cause I've heard of so many patients that feel alone and forgotten.
All the best from me!