Are you searching for gift ideas for a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with breast cancer?
I started my journey with breast cancer at age 36, just months after having my second baby. After recovering from a double mastectomy, I began six months of chemotherapy followed by five weeks of radiation therapy. During this incredibly long and difficult journey, I felt so appreciative to my friends and family members for their generosity.
In this post, I will detail ideas and products that make great gifts for others battling breast cancer. These gift ideas are for patients facing double mastectomy recovery, chemo, and/or radiation treatment.
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Gift Ideas for a Breast Cancer Patient
I tried to compile a list of the items I found most useful during cancer treatment and recovery.
This list includes gifts of various price ranges including FREE acts of kindness that are super helpful as well!
1. Magazine Subscription
While recovering from a mastectomy surgery, breast cancer patients aren’t able to DO much. I liked having a lot of different types of reading materials available to keep me busy.
Magazines also come in handy during chemo because each session can last for several hours. Reading provides a great way to pass the time, and it gives you something to think about other than cancer!
Breast cancer patients who have a mastectomy as part of their treatment plan often need to purchase new pajamas to wear after surgery. Shirts and pajamas that button up the front are necessary during recovery because patients do not have a lot of mobility in their arms.
I ordered and wore these pajamas after my mastectomy. (Amazon Affiliate Link)
They are really light and soft, which make them super comfortable! I wore these for several weeks after my bilateral mastectomy as my body continued to heal from surgery.
3. Dining Giftcards
I mentioned this idea in my post on chemo care package ideas, but I wanted to include it again here.
Giftcards for restaurants or for food delivery services are really helpful to cancer patients. Many times, those who are going through treatment don’t feel up to cooking or cleaning up after a meal.
Meals that are delivered or provided at restaurants are usually hassle free for the patient and her caregivers.
4. Mastectomy Recovery Pillow
Many breast cancer patients purchase a mastectomy pillow to hold against their chest during the recovery process.
I received one of these pillows, but I actually preferred feather pillows that I already owned to the mastectomy pillow. Big fluffy pillows placed under each arm provided more comfort during my recovery.
That being said, I also purchased this wedge pillow for my mastectomy recovery. (Amazon Affiliate Link)
I found this pillow to be much more useful because the WORST pain came when I went from laying down to a sitting up position. This wedge pillow allows you to sleep on an incline, so laying down and getting up are much easier!
5. Devotional Book
A lot of friends and fellow breast cancer patients recommended the book, Jesus Calling, after I was diagnosed.
This book includes a super short and easy to read passage for each day of the year. It focuses on positive thinking, freeing yourself from worry, and staying hopeful.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone going through trying times. You can find Jesus Calling here! (Amazon Affiliate Link)
This is probably my favorite gift that I received during my breast cancer journey.
After going through the traumatic experience of cancer, your mental and spiritual well-being are often slow to recover. This daily devotional REALLY helped my mind to heal!
This sounds so simple, but cash is always a nice gift for a cancer patient (or anyone for that matter)!
Medical bills can really pile up even when you have great insurance. Sometimes cancer patients are unable to work during treatment as well. Cash comes in handy in so many ways.
You could put it in a nice card, make a cash tree, or even organize a fundraising event for your friend to help during these difficult times.
7. Offering Your Help
Offering help to your friend or family member is a gift idea that’s FREE. Depending on her circumstances, a breast cancer patient could need help with regular day-to-day activities.
You could offer to:
- cook meals
- clean her house
- do laundry
- run errands
- walk her dog
These acts of kindness are great ways to help out without having to spend a ton of money!
8. Meal Train
If you have a group of people who want to help, consider starting a meal train. Friends can sign up for specific dates to drop off meals to the breast cancer patient and her family.
This way, they aren’t bombarded with food one week and then low on meals the next. My husband’s coworkers set up a meal train for us. We were able to add notes on what types of food we liked or restaurants we enjoyed.
Then friends cooked and delivered meals to us each Tuesday and Thursday during my six months of chemo treatments.
9. Maid Service
After my mastectomy, I was physically unable to clean my house. During chemo, I often felt too sick or fatigued to keep up with house chores.
Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit organization that helps to provide FREE house cleaning services for cancer patients. By organizing a maid service to complete house keeping tasks, you relieve a ton of stress from your friend or family member who is battling cancer.
Breast cancer patients need so much support that any of the gift ideas mentioned would be much appreciated I’m sure. Also, a simple text or phone call just to let them know you are thinking of them goes a long way!
Would you like to add any gift ideas for someone with breast cancer?
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