Practice Random Acts of Comfort for Cancer Patients in Need

Practice Random Acts of Comfort for Cancer Patients in Need

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      Giving Comfort

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my birthday, five years ago. Before I headed home to cake and candles, my doctor told me what to expect: radiation, chemotherapy, surgery — and plenty of medical bills. My family and I, we were ready for all that.

What we didn't know was that fighting cancer would be about way more than just treatment. Beyond the nausea and the pain there was fear, confusion, and isolation. What I needed more than anything was comfort.

The love my family poured into me was a lifeline. The smallest gesture from a friend or coworker – flowers, a giant teddy bear, a cup of tea and a warm blanket – suddenly meant the world. And when strangers offered random acts of comfort, from a smile in the checkout line to a kind word from a fellow survivor, that truly helped me feel like I wasn't alone.

So now that I’m a survivor, I'm paying it forward. This pledge seemed like as good a place to start as any (and a charity called Giving Comfort, which provides comfort kits for cancer patients in need, helped me get it off the ground). If 500 people sign it, that's 500 moments of kindness we're creating in the world. If 5,000 signed it, we'd really be making a difference.

Will you pledge to practice random acts of comfort for cancer patients in need?

More than 1.6 million people in this country are diagnosed with cancer every year. Many don't have the kind of support I did. They need comfort. We can help.
— Wanda J., Columbia, South Carolina

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    • zee alexi NYC, NY
      • 4 months ago

      I am my sister's keeper.

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    • Boots Whitehead OLYMPIA, WA
      • 4 months ago

      I just finished chemo, it is important for recovery to have support of family, friends n' yes, strangers. I have been much more aware of folks who may need an act of kindness.

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    • sheri Galvez TUCSON, AZ
      • 7 months ago

      I have lost my Aunt to breast cancer and four monthes late i lost my grandma to lung cancer which she never drank or smoked her whole life

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    • Robin Meade ROUND ROCK, TX
      • 8 months ago

      Because I am a breast cancer survivor. I completed treatment March 2012. My family was AWOL during my illness and were it not for the fact that I had an extremely good friend, I would have been up a creek. The volunteers and neighbors that did yard work, drove me to get fluids between treatments, cooked meals and brought me my favorite chocolate ice cream were invaluable to my recovery. You will never know how the simplest thing...taking a meal, doing laundry or just talking and spending time with someone who is very ill and very afraid can make. I am here because of the prayers of friends and the kindness of strangers. Those things made me want to get better.

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    • Charles Tartaglia CRANSTON, RI
      • 8 months ago

      My sisters wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. She is doing great. Gone thru 8 chemo treatments. She just did a full hysterectomy. NOw she starts 8 more chemo. They said her cancer is gone. We are all saying prayers for her. We all love her and are so proud of her courage.

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