Ways to be Supportive, Helpful and Encouraging for Cancer Patients

Namaste dear Well Wishers,

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to add a name to our Well Wishers prayer list for those suffering from cancer, recovering or maintaining their clean bill of health.

With our combined positive thoughts, let’s send them a wave of healing light for a swift and complete recovery.  With Faith, all is possible.

You have my permission to send this candle to anyone you know who is suffering and feel this would offer them support and encouragement.

Out of courtesy, please leave a comment here to say you are doing so and add their name to the Well Wishers prayer list.  The more Light we spread with intention on Wellness the more miracles we can expect.

Roseanne, Maureen Rose, Andrew, Cindy, Gurpreet

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this post is in honour of our friends, colleagues and family members who are currently battling this dis-ease and looks at different ways that are helpful, encouraging and meaningful to offer our support.

As a teacher of eleven years in the same school, almost every year, there is a mother, father or colleague from our community diagnosed with cancer.  Each class of parents quickly rally together to offer their support, specific to the needs of the family.

At our school we have a Care Committee which provides support where needed through all of life’s events, and something we organized for one colleague diagnosed with cancer was a Flower Chain.  Faculty members donated money so that every other week two of us would sponsor the fresh cut flowers that would arrive to brighten the room of our convalescing colleague.  Happily, I can report that this colleague has since been given a clear bill of health and has been back teaching in the Nursery/Kindergarten for the past three years.

Another colleague is still bravely battling cancer.  We have managed with Faculty’s donations, three parent Angel donators and the Care Committee to have a fresh organic food box delivered every other week from a wonderful company Front Door Organics.

Our colleague is so grateful to be nourished by this organic food and she says knowing that it has come from the support of the school community gives it extra nourishment and love as though we are all at her table supporting and encouraging her.

I grew up with an extraordinarily thoughtful, supportive Mom who has witnessed so many dear friends battle and ultimately lose their battle to cancer.  She would bring them to chemo treatments, sit by their bedside, bring over meals, call to see how they were doing, send Thinking of You cards, you name it she was there for them.  Every April Mom was out canvasing for the Canadian Cancer Society.

In preparing for this blog post I came across a helpful article written by a cancer survivor offering 5 Ways to Help a Friend.

One way I have recently committed to supporting the Cause is to keep on growing my hair to make a hair donation for a wig.  The children at school are fascinated by how long it’s getting, and also very curious to hear why I am doing it.  Currently, I am researching the ‘how to of it’, here is a little bit of my findings so far . . .

From the Canadian Cancer Society
We help people living with cancer find wigs and other types of headwear when they lose their hair as a result of cancer treatment. Although we are not involved in the collection of hair or the production of wigs, we get many questions from people who want to donate their hair. If you are thinking about donating your hair, please follow these instructions.

How to Prepare Your Hair

The following applies to all hair donations:

  • Hair must be clean, dry and not swept off the floor.
  • Hair must be a minimum length. This varies based on a specific hair donation program’s requirements. Check the list below.
  • In most cases hair should not be chemically treated (bleach, colour or perm). Check the hair donation program requirements listed below.
  • Hair should be bundled in a ponytail at both ends or a braid.

Sending Your Hair

  • Hair should be sent by regular mail to the hair donation program of your choice.
  • Remember to include your name and address as acknowledgements may be sent.

It takes approximately 12 donations of unprocessed hair and costs about $1,200 to craft a single hand-sewn wig for a child, so it’s not possible to find out who received a wig made with your hair. If the donated hair cannot be used, it will not be returned to the donor.

Here are some addresses to send your hair donations to if living in Canada:

Pantene Beautiful Lengths
c/o Archway Marketing Services
P. O.Box 434
2110 Kipling Avenue
Etobicoke Station B, ON M9W 5L4
Minimum requirements: length – 8 inches.
Visit www.beautifullengths.ca for hair guidelines and cutting instructions.

A Child’s Voice Foundation
Angel Hair for Kids
3034 Palstan Road, Ste. 301
Mississauga, Ontario, L4Y 2Z6
Minimum requirement: length – 12 inches (30cm), no processing, preferably braided.
www.acvf.ca

From the American Cancer Society www.americancancersociety.org

The American Cancer Society is not able to accept hair donations; however, there are two organizations that we refer people to that can accept that type donation.

Wigs for Kids: www.wigsforkids.org and

Pantene Beautiful Lengths: www.pantene.com

Another way to help show your encouragement and support is through a personal message with a greeting card.  As a member of our school’s Care Committee and being passionate about creating and sending greeting cards, this is a first step in all of life’s events at our school and especially with someone suffering from an illness.

FAITH Candle of Healing Light for Cancer Patient by Heart to Art

At Greeting Card Universe there is a huge selection of Cards for Cancer Patients to choose from.  You’ll be able to find just the right card here to help bring some comfort to a loved one, friend or colleague.

Corrie Kuipers has hundreds of cards for cancer patients in her store and she reminds us how helpful it can be to include a gift card in our cards such as a pre-paid phone card, of course the list is endless.

I Want to Help by Corrie Kuipers

Hope for Cancer Patients by Corrie Kuipers

Faith for Cancer Patients by Corrie Kuipers

Let’s keep a candle of FAITH burning in our hearts for those who are battling cancer and in loving memory for those who have passed on.

Faith card by Heart to Art

F irm
A lignment
I nternally
T owards
H ealing

Kind Regards,
Sri Devi

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About Sri Devi

Welcome to the Well Wishers Group Blog! Many interests and creative pursuits bring Kindness and Well Wishes to life through my Art, being a Waldorf Teacher, Vegetarian, Hatha Yoga Practitioner and Teacher, Reflexologist, Heart to Art Greeting Card Creator, New Moon Astrologist. I'm a seeker of peaceful and meaningful ways to connect with people, animals and nature, celebrating Beauty within and without. Best wishes always, all ways! Enjoy!
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7 Responses to Ways to be Supportive, Helpful and Encouraging for Cancer Patients

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  2. Salon of Art says:

    Wonderful blog post Sri . . . as always filled with so much love & encouragement!

    Doreen
    http://www.facebook.com/SalonOfArt
    http://salonofart.wordpress.com/

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  3. I enjoyed your post! I was not aware of the hair donation for wig program. thanks for all of the great ideas included here 🙂 And wonderful selection of cards.

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  4. Beautiful post Sri… very informative with helpful links to this cause. I love your choice of cards as well.
    Janet Lee

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  5. Robin says:

    Such a wonderful, practical post, Sri! Enjoyed reading it all, including the link to “five ways to help a friend” which offered some great advice for helping someone with cancer. Having a Care Committee at your school is a terrific idea and something that anyone could start at their own school, work or church. Thanks for such an encouraging post!

    Robin
    http://ryckycreations.com

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  6. Cindy says:

    Hi Sri,
    I’m a little late for posting this, but I wanted to say what a very positive message you are sharing in your blog regarding cancer. 🙂 Also, did you know Mindy posted a request for “Congratulations on Donating your Hair cards” in the forum recently? I hope to make a card soon, but also want to begin working on what I’m going to write for the Well-Wishers. 🙂
    Talk to you soon. 🙂
    Cindy
    ilovecuttables.blogspot.com

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