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   Posted 3/24/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I usually post in the fibromyalgia forum, but I was hoping to get some advice here.
My husband works with a woman who was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. I don't know her very well at all, but I would really like to do something to help her or just to let her know that I care.  I'm afraid to cook or bake anything for her because I don't know if she is having nausea, taste problems, etc. 
I was just wondering if anyone here has been through chemo and if there were any small things people did for or gave to you that were helpful.
Thanks in advance.
Hugs - Austen
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of  heart." - Jane Austen
Fibromyalgia, 2 back surgeries, Meniere's Disease, 30+ kidney stones, GERD, IBS, Asthma, Allergies, Endometriosis, Heart Arrythmia, Myofascial Pain, TMJ.

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   Posted 3/24/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Does the woman have a family? If she does, then feeding her family would probably be a big help. That was the best thing that people did for me. Or you could give gift certificates for a restaurant she really likes. People going through chemo usually only have certain days that they feel nauseous or lose their taste. But they still need to eat! I had a friend who brought me a pint of my favorite gourmet ice cream after every chemo treatment, because he knew that was the only thing that tasted "right" to me for a couple of days. I think it would be a great gift to ask people to chip in on a maid service, even if it's only a one-time thing. A nice stack of magazines would also be good. I know my oncology office didn't have many good ones, and I liked having my own stash to take with me. Last but not least, just give her a call, ask how she's doing, and ask if there's anything you can do for her. Offer to drive her to appointments and sit with her. If she's married, her husband would probably appreciate not feeling obligated to go each time, and if she's not married, she'd probably appreciate the company. It's always nice just to know that people care.

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