September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
According to statistics from the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN), Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths among US women. The risk of getting ovarian cancer is about 1 in 75. More than 20,000 women in the US are diagnosed with ovarian every year. About 1 in 10 cases of ovarian cancer are hereditary, the result of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutations.
Women with ovarian cancer tend to lean on other women for emotional support. The same is true for many women with breast cancer. Women often know how to communicate with each other and provide exactly what the other needs to make them feel better. Some of the best ways women do this is by listening, empathizing, sending cards, gifts, and having a knack for acting in small, meaningful ways to show they care.
If you know someone with ovarian cancer, Rock the Treatment has gift boxes designed to bring relief to women undergoing cancer treatment. We make it easy for you to ensure your friend or family member will smile when she opens the box. Our cancer gift boxes have items proven to help ease emotional and physical side-effects from radiation or chemotherapy. Show someone you care with a cancer gift box from Rock the Treatment.
Being a Caregiver When Someone You Love Has Ovarian Cancer
Whether you live with someone who has ovarian cancer or are a friend providing regular assistance, helping someone with cancer can take its toll. When you need a break, sending a cancer gift box from Rock the Treatment is a great way to let someone know you are still there for support and always thinking of them.
It is imperative as a caregiver that you manage your stress so you can provide the best care and emotional support possible to your friend with cancer.
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition suggests that you consider the following tips for managing your stress when caring for someone with ovarian cancer.
- Know what community resources are available to help yourself and the patient
- Educate yourself to anticipate what might lie ahead
- Get help from others to perform tasks or for emotional support
- Pay attention to your own needs and make sure you are meeting them
- Recognize and treat symptoms of your own stress
- Accept changes as they happen
- Discuss any legal and financial plans to be made
- Try hard to be realistic and allow yourself to experience feelings
- Give yourself credit and be proud of what you are doing
No-one says it is easy to do these things. Being a caregiver is far from simple. It can be exhausting emotionally and physically. Be sure to find others who can help tend to the needs of your friend or loved one, either in person or from a distance. Every little bit truly does help you and the patient.
Send Cancer Gift Boxes
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 ovarian cancer or any other type of 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.