Monday, February 16, 2009

Orange and Yellow

My standard regimen for preventing illness is to eat oranges, drink orange juice, eat carrots, and drink Emergen-C. I’ve been following a different campaign this time – eating Doritos, Kraft macaroni and cheese, swilling Coke. Still a mostly orange-colored diet, but this one being totally artificial, because all those preservatives will surely keep the virus from being able to latch on. Or something like that.

My work friend begins chemo this week, so I’m rounding up the office-mates to put together a care package. I’ve seen him wear the Livestrong wristband I put in the soup bag, so I’ve ordered a soft hat with the Livestrong emblem, suitable for wearing during treatment and later after he’s healthy again, under his cycling helmet. The organization also provides Survivorship Notebooks free, so I’m having one of those sent too.

WhyMommy and her new Mothers with Cancer group blog have some great resources, including ideas for helping and gifts, but after I Googled “chemo care package,” I realized how female-centric the web presence of cancer material seems to be. The American Cancer Society features five books for children, of which three are about moms, one is about dads, and one is gender neutral. Ever single one of the gift lists include things like pretty scarves, pretty necklaces, pretty this and that’s. There are dolls with removable wigs so that children can understand what Mommy will look like during treatment. I am really, really impressed with the depth of the support online.

As for my pal, I think we’ll go with WhyMommy’s ideas about unscented lotion and lip balm (because sometimes the scents cause nausea), and perhaps a gift certificate to a delivery service that runs for some fun local restaurants.


Occidental Girl said...

I'm sorry to hear about your coworker. I wish him lots of good things, especially getting well.

Damselfly said...

You are so kind. Those are some good ideas for a care package, especially the delivery service. I hope your friend improves.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that a lot of the information and general presence about cancer is very female-centric. I think it's great that women have been so open and supportive of each other, particularly in the fight against breast cancer. Really, it's nothing short of phenomenal. Because male-centric cancers receive less publicity, though, I think there's a real concern that men won't seek testing or receive treatment early enough.

Mayberry said...

I thought it was great how Whymommy's friends would leave her a care package every "chemo day." Such a sweet (and meaningful) gesture.