When someone you love is going through chemo you want to help, you know ‘do something practical’. Man, I have a list that goes forever of practical tips but today we are talking *’CHEMOTHERAPY CARE KITS’.
When I was going through chemotherapy treatment I had plans of designing a kit like this, I tried lots of products and have my favourites, you know…the ones that make each day just a little more bearable and help with those freakin side effects.
Recently Sharon from ‘Practical Care’ contacted me ( I always want to hear about cancer related and wellness products) and she shared some information about her kits with me. I was intrigued but don’t like to endorse products until I’ve road tested them so asked her if she would like to send me one.
I’ve had this kit for over a week now and lots of reading material too and this kit gets my BIG tick of approval.
Sharon was an oncology nurse and her business partner Heidi nursed her mother through advanced breast cancer, these two ladies have also done extensive research and they’ve put a lot of thought into these gift packs. A percentage of sales go to various cancer charities and cancer projects and currently the ladies are working on a wig library (yeah they exist) for one of their local hospitals. I love a purchase with a ‘feel good factor’.
How much more ‘feel good’ can you get though than giving a loved one a gift to help them through shitty chemo…yeah I’m calling it, chemo is shitty. You can purchase a kit on your own or you can go in with a group of friends, family or co workers. This is the perfect thing to send to a co worker especially if it comes with flowers, a cleaners voucher or a weekend away.
Chemo has many side effects and some can’t be seen. You get ‘metallic mouth’, your skin is more sensitive, the scalp is sore, gums are sensitive, lips get dry, hands feel sensitive, feet puff and get tingly. You feel queasy, nails can fall off if exposed to sunlight, your tum is unsettled and drinking fluid can hurt the palette or make you feel ill.
These care kits come with tested and thoughtful products to help with these side effects. A satin pillow case and hair nets for that time when hair is falling out and the scalp is sore and tingly.
Socks for cold and tender feet…
Aloe Vera toothpaste, straws, and lip balm for sensitive mouths and dry lips.
Queasy drops and tummy wellness tea to help soothe away that nausea feeling. A few sick bags are included for peace of mind.
A heat pack and massage ball are both so practical and things that definitely helped me.
The massage ball needs to be inflated with a ball pump.
Cotton gloves for sore fingertips and aqueous cream for dry skin will also provide relief.
There’s even kits for kids which breaks my heart but also fills it with joy that they have been thought of and catered to also.
The list goes on, sure there’s a few things I might add but these kits are a solid, practical gift that will definitely help someone going through chemo. I’m sure if you had some specific requests Sharon and Heidi would add them to your kits for a fee. Kits start at $25 and go up to $120. I’d definitely like to see more Australian brands in these kits and maybe that’s something the girls will work towards, it would help with ongoing use of a product and Australia has incredible skin care companies.
If you are looking for a way to help someone through Chemo this is definitely something that will help…that and a hug.
Til next time,
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*Product sent to me for editorial consideration and donated to someone undergoing chemotherapy.