Based on my chemotherapy experience, I recommend these 5 Best Gifts for a Mastectomy Chemotherapy Patient.

In late 2016, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy, and, in early 2017, underwent chemotherapy.

5 Best Gifts for a Mastectomy Chemotherapy Patient

1.

Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Tips to Guide you Through Treatment and Cancer Prevention

This book was at my side throughout my chemotherapy. It stresses the importance of eating before you go for your infusion. The authors give you menus for each stage of your chemotherapy. What to eat before and after treatment. I think this book is what kept me from getting nausea or another digestive distresses chemo patients suffer. Also, the book goes into detail with how to cope and treat side effects such as nausea, sore mouth and throat, taste changes, neutropenia, and weight loss.

2.

Headcovers Unlimited Slip-On Slinky-Cancer Headwear for Women

These headcovers were amazing. I had these several different styles and colors. As a former yarn shop owner and collector of knit and crochet chemo hats for cancer patients, I felt a little guilty using these head covers. But, the truth was that I couldn’t stand yarn of any kind on my head. Even cotton knit hats. My head was too sensitive, and hats or wigs just weren’t comfortable. These hats allow air to circulate. The ones I purchased also had a liner in them. I highly recommend this type of head cover.

3.

Always Remember You Are Braver Than You Think

Positive thoughts are always good.

4.

The Breast & Chest Buddy – Seatbelt Cushion for Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Sites – Solid Pink with Breast Cancer Ribbon

I didn’t have a seat belt cushion. After my bilateral mastectomy, riding in a car was often uncomfortable. I used a bolster pillow to lift the seat belt off my chest and shoulder. Not only was my chest quite sensitive, but, I had a port. The seatbelt ran right across the port, so I used the bolster pillow or held the seat belt off my port. I still have my port and will have it for four more years. My port is on the right side, so the seat belt doesn’t bother me when I drive. As a passenger, I need to protect my port.

5.

Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival Hardcover by Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life. I purchased the audiobook. I wish I had listened to this book before my treatment. Nonetheless, this book lets you feel like you are not alone.