SCH 128 {The Best Gifts for Cancer Caregivers} aren't What You Think

The best gifts for cancer caregivers (or any caregiver) aren’t what you think. They don’t involve extravagant gestures or lots of money.

Who Knew Babysitting Could be One of the Best Gifts for Cancer Caregivers?

The best gift my parents gave me during our cancer year went above and beyond babysitting. My parents went on standby mode when Pedro relapsed after three weeks of remission. Within hours of his life flight to San Francisco from Montana, they packed up their belongings in Washington and started driving. They moved into our house and took over caring for our children for weeks at a time when Pedro needed me in San Francisco. My parents, both former teachers, stepped in as substitutes for Pedro and me at our teaching jobs.

Surrogate parents, substitutes in the classroom, and preparers of healthy meals; my parents are rock stars. I can never thank them enough for all they did during that challenging year.

Not everyone can help a cancer caregiver out in such a big way. But little ways matter, too. If you know someone going through cancer, take a moment to consider one of these best gifts for cancer caregivers. In fact, you can help any caregiver at Christmas with one of these gifts of time and service.

Show Notes

If you’re a caregiver, listen to this episode to find out why you need to take care of yourself.

Tips for Self-Care for Caregivers from the Happy, Healthy Caregiver.

Hope for Caregivers from Psalm 91.

Six Self-Care Hacks for Caregivers.

How to Identify and Cope with Caregiver Fatigue.

Eight Self-Care Hacks for Handling Caregiver Burnout

Check out my blog’s Health(er) Eating section for tasty, healthy recipes! If you love all things pumpkin, you might enjoy this recipe for pumpkin scones or this one for pumpkin waffles.

Tips for preparing meals for someone with low white blood cell counts (neutropenic diet).

The best gifts for cancer caregivers (or any caregiver) aren't what you think. They don't involve extravagant gestures or lots of money. Here's how you can help a caregiver at Christmas this year! #caregiver #Christmas #selfcare #giftsforcaregivers #inspirememonday #selfcarehacks #holidays #giftideas

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  1. These are great suggestions Anita!

    The greatest blessing I had when I was going through caregiving for my late hubby with brain cancer was a friend came & did my washing & ironing for me when I was with Ed at the hospital.
    And her husband & another friend chopped & stacked wood for my wood heater so I had a good supply of wood to keep me warm at night when I came back from the hospital.

    These were absolutely invaluable & precious gifts at the time.
    Blessings, Jennifer
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  2. This was wonderful. Many helpful tips we can all use at Christmas and all year long to bless a caregiver. Anita, you have much wisdom and insight and I appreciate that you share it!

  3. You have great caregiver ideas, Anita! I think a combination of giving and asking the caregiver what they need are important. Say I would like to do this, but is there something specific that would be a blessing?

    When my dad was dying at Christmas time (many years ago), people were so generous to bring food. The challenge was everyone brought meat. We were so happy when somebody asked us what food they could bring and we said vegetables, please bring several vegetables to go with the meat we received. Another person brought banana pudding.

    We were so thankful that we didn’t have to cook at such a stressful time where most of our day was spent in the hospital. Blessing caregivers with a meal is a huge blessing!
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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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