I get asked all the time for gift ideas for the newly diagnosed so I thought the best and easiest thing would be to list the the things I was brought and things I wish I was brought from practical to thoughtful to luxury.
- Diary/Planner – Keeping on top of appointments is so important but also very daunting. The Pelican & The Rose planners are especially designed to not only keep you organised but to lift your mood and make you smile.
- Dark nail varnish – I was brought Chanel Noir but I’m a massive fan of Rimmel 60 second dry varnishes too. Chemotherapy can really effect your nails so any pampering around hands and feet is always a good place to start if your stuck for ideas.
- Space Masks – They should be on prescription. I wish I had them whilst doing chemo. They are just a simple but luxurious way to keep calm and relaxed when anxiety and pain are consuming you.
- Silk Head Scarf – Silk was the most comfortable I found. I had some great Vintage ones. Liberty do the most beautiful selection.
- Photos and Prints – I spent so much time in my Bed I asked my husband to just hang different frames and prints I have been given. It was a source of positivity. When I’m feeling ill and alone I looked up and everything on the wall made me smile.
- Audio Book subscription – I don’t have one but I wish I did when I was in treatment. I found the noise of the tv and I had head aches from treatment so reading wasn’t a pleasure.
- Noise reducing ear phones – Another thing I wish I had at the beginning of treatment. To be in control of at least one of my senses I feel would have helped me at appointments and relaxing at home.
- Skin Care – I would stick to hypoallergenic and products designed for sensitive skin. Looking after my skin was a really simple effective way of regaining some control. It also allowed me some ‘me’ time.
- Lounge wear – I would happily live in pyjamas but some people especially when they are ill like to maintain routine. Turning up to chemo in a onesie isn’t for everyone. Lounge wear can be really chic. Budget depending Cashmere is beautiful but a lot of the high street have affordable good quality pieces that look and feel great. Just make sure they metal free so you can wear them in the scanners.