Words are powerful things. Put them together in the right context and they can inspire, motivate and challenge. These gifts are tried and tested favorites.
If your friend is a reader then there are two books that I highly recommend and frankly go hand in hand. The first is a compilation of real life cancer survivor’s stories about how they made it through, called The Cancer Survivor’s Club. It was pieced together by a British columnist named Chris Geiger. He himself went through two years of cancer treatments before going into remission. A likeable guy and a well put together list of survivor’s stories that are sure to inspire.
The C Card and Me is just one survival story (mine) that’s weaved into the pages of the step by step survival guide. It’s chock full of lessons learned, anecdotes and real life practical advice and how to get through chemo and the rest. There’s also a chapter directed at the loved ones to give them a much clearer idea of what people in treatment are going through and how best to help.
To me, the two make an unbeatable combination and an incredibly thoughtful gift for anyone facing cancer. Before you give them the book, be sure to read chapter 14 (at least), “Letter to the Loved ones” for some valuable insights.
If your gift-ee is already on the road to recovery then find out what is on their list of things to look forward to. If it’s a trip abroad then get a good book on the area. Any travel book by Rick Steves is great. Whatever their dream is, start fueling it now. No matter where they’re at in life it is always good to have something to look forward to and offers a healthy distraction.