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Kaye's first chemo session - I Love You Box

Hi, my name is Margaret & I’m blessed to have a wonderful friend Kaye. We have been friends for many years.

The years have bought us many memories; we have laughed & cried together always, staying close.

This year an ugly intruder has come into our lives---we don’t want him & plan to kick him out!!!!!

Kaye is so brave, strong & such a precious friend, I thought long & hard for an idea to cheer her up, something practical yet funny so we could get rid of tears for smiles.

I came up with an “I love you box” (or bag as it turned out!!)

I rang my friend Rosie---she helped me with ideas & put me on the right track.

I thought “practical----bald head—hats—in went two—one practical (I tried it on in the middle of shopping centre—no one laughed –in it went.

Funny--- I found a koala cap—his arms tie under chin—I thought cute—will get a few laughs, in he went. Kaye laughed more at my practical choice than my koala!!! (Warped sense of humour!!!!)

In went a nice soft throw rug to keep her snug whilst, having her treatment. A neck pillow, practical, but I found a bunny, nice & soft with removable wheat beads so he can be used as a heat pillow as well.

I put in Chrysalis a cd of Rosie’s music

I found a 1950 type eye shade so that whilst she is having her treatments (5hrs long) she can put them on & close out everything & have a nap, or if she wants me to be quiet she can put them on & I’ll get the message & read my book. (I’m her treatment buddy).

I found a lovely friendship book to show her how special she is.

I then arranged a lunch with Kaye’s mother & daughter & we called it “Scarf Pay”

Peta & I googled “How to wear head scarfs for cancer patients”. Great ideas, we all tried them on—much laughing, one 80+ 0ne 60+ one nearly 60 & one young thing who looked good in whatever we did to her, but we didn’t look too bad!!!! It was great fun & showed Kaye some different ways to look good.

I must say that all this has helped me to feel that I’m doing something to help my friend & her family, so I’m hoping that it will give others ideas on how to help our friends & family on these journeys that they need to go on to be healed.

Always believe in a little bit of magic,

Love

Margaret

Kaye is being comforted by her little bunny, on her first bout of chemo.

Kaye relaxing with her two gifts from the "I Love You Box"