Cards & Good Wishes


In this season of Thanksgiving and holiday cheer, I wanted to share just how much cards and good wishes mean to a cancer patient.  It would seem like I’m stating the obvious, but I what I want to say is that it really cannot be understated how much it all means.

There are so many times when as a cancer patient undergoing treatment you feel so awful.  Physically and mentally you can barely get yourself up off the couch.  But if in looking around the room, if you are able to catch a glimpse of the many cards and little gifts of good wishes that your friends and family have sent you, somehow you are able to gather the strength that you need.

As the months wore on of my journey through treatment, I had so many cards and notes that I literally didn’t know what to do with them all.  I got the idea to create an entire “wall of good wishes”.   Not caring about what it might do to the paint, I began to tape up all the many beautiful cards and notes I had been given. I never dreamed they would stretch all the way down the hallway!

I ended up leaving them up for close to a year after my journey had come to an end.  Such was the power of their effect on me.  Each time I would walk down that hall, I was uplifted by the collective weight of all the touching sentiments.

So in this time of card and gift-giving at the holiday season, don’t minimize the power of the cards and notes you send to someone going through cancer treatment.  Sometimes it’s all they have to look at, and gather strength from.  And don’t forget about sending fresh ones come the New Year either!  Cancer patients will likely be inundated at this time of year, but when all the holiday cheer is put away, they will still need the strength and support that sending cards brings.

It seems like such a little thing, but the power of it is HUGE!!

By: Madeline Lynn

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  1. Dear Madeline, your message goes right to the heart. I have several friends with cancer. One who passed away, one who just received her report of having terminal cancer after seven years (it metastasized and no one realized, not even the doctors!), one who has made her five year mark, a co-worker I met after several years who has cancer…. To sum it up, I have seen what cancer does and how it affects each individual, their families and friends. There are times I search for positive words and simply cannot come up with any. That is when I look at cards and send them or hand them. On a big positive note, I know one person who has had cancer for 30 years and this person is going on 90 years of age soon. I call this person “my tough cookie”. I realize this is a one-in-a-million occurrence but it does happen. A mass the size of a golf ball was removed from the palate, radiation and chemo was administered and here we are. I want to take this moment to applaud you for being strong and positive in your situation. The cards are truly the one cheer they can hang on to. Thank you for sharing this often overlooked gift.

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