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Don’t Tell a Cancer Patient to ‘Get Well Soon’; Tell Them This Instead
Nine months of chemotherapy and radiation at 24 had given Emily McDowell enough experience to know exactly what her friend was going through when she was diagnosed with an unknown and aggressive form of cancer. Emily was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma, and has now been in remission for the last 15 years, but she still remembers what it was like to suffer through the illness. Along with the consuming sickness, she also had to live with a loneliness that stemmed from a lot of friends and family practically disappearing from her life. Unknown to her though, it wasn’t because they didn’t care, but because they simply did not know what to say.
“In our increasingly digital world, when it comes to someone in crisis, greeting cards have never been more relevant or appropriate. A card resonates in a way that email and text can’t. It’s a personal, simple, tangible way to be present for someone struggling with illness,” says Emily, on her website .
The 38 year old designer’s own brush with cancer inspired her to create a series of cards with messages that she would have wanted to hear when she was ill. In her own words, the “’Get well soon’ cards don’t make sense when someone might not.”
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There is no right thing to say at a time like this. And it’s okay. Let these cards serve as ideas.