Rock the Treatment Has Gifts Boxes That Can Help Ease Holiday Stress and Sadness For People With Cancer
At Rock the Treatment, we have cancer gift boxes that you can send to help brighten someone’s holiday. The holidays can be particularly stressful for people undergoing cancer treatments.
Caregivers, friends, and family members might feel this added stress as well.
Sending a cancer gift box from Rock the Treatment is the perfect way to provide emotional and physical support to someone you love who is getting chemo or radiation during the holidays.
What Are Some Concerns Facing Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers During the Holidays?
Being a caregiver to a cancer patient or being a cancer patient are both difficult, albeit in different ways. During the holidays, however, the worries and concerns for people in both roles can become heightened. The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for caregivers and patients as they try to navigate feelings of exhaustion while trying to balance their own physical or emotional needs with those of their family members, especially children.
We did some research and found to no surprise that there are a variety of concerns that plague cancer patients, their caregivers, and extended family and friends during the holidays. The takeaway, we hope, is for you to realize that whatever you are experiencing, you are not alone.
Here are some questions and concerns we came across:
What if You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating?
Many cancer patients are simply wiped out by treatments to physically rally to celebrate the holidays.
Others, including caregivers, might feel emotionally tapped out, depressed, or too sad to motivate. Even caregivers might be spent. Uncertainty about the future can make the holidays both meaningful and scary. Conflicting emotions can be exhausting to deal with, especially alone.
It is important to share your feelings with those around you, delegate responsibilities you can’t (or don’t want to) handle, and set expectations.
Making the Holidays Special Amidst Financial Stress
Many people express concern because their cancer and treatment have left a big dent in their finances. Parents might be out of work to care for a sick child or to undergo treatment themselves.
How can someone make the holidays special on a budget?
This is a good time to remember that it really is the thought that counts. Perhaps you can suggest that this year you do things differently.
Maybe set a spending limit, do grab bag gifts, or have everyone select only one person to buy a gift for. You can ask people to make donations to charity instead of buying gifts.
Saying Thank You
The holidays are a good time to say thank you to people who have helped you. Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, consider small tokens of gratitude to people who have made contributions to caring for your family, giving rides, making meals, and running errands.
Even a well-written, thoughtful thank you note can go a long way toward expressing love and thanks during the holidays.
How Can I Get Everything Done Without Endangering my Health?
Delegate! Shop online! Ask for Help!
Now is definitely the time to take advantage of online shopping and the help of friends and family. You simply can’t risk your health by going to stores and malls, especially during Covid-19. Order online as much as you can or call stores to pay over the phone and have them put aside items for someone to pick up.
Consider gift cards to everyone’s favorite store or local restaurant. You can have groceries delivered or take people up on offers to make meals for your family. Enlist the help of a cleaning service to get the house in order. Ask people to help wrap presents and decorate.
What Are Good Holiday Gifts For Someone With Cancer?
People undergoing cancer treatments can always use a pick-me-up. Useful items might include blankets, tote bags, soft socks, lotions, and healthy snacks.
Offers (and following through) to help with chores, errands, and cooking are always appreciated.
Send a Cancer Gift Box From Rock the Treatment
At Rock the Treatment, we make it easy to let someone with cancer know you care and support them on their difficult journey. If someone you love has cancer, send a helpful cancer gift basket from Rock The Treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation gift baskets are packed with the essentials needed to ease side effects of treatment, as well as enhance physical and mental well-being. See all of our cancer care packages and find the one that best supports their journey.