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What are some gift ideas for a loved one under going radiation therapy for a brain tumor?

I'm making dinners & bringing flowers but is there something you know from experience helps with the physically strain of the process? Body pillows, heating pads, music, anything to make her more comfortable? She's in her mid 70s.

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A scrapbook of favorite photos with stories is one way to help with the emotional strain.

You can get a group of folks together to contribute where everyone can have their own page or set of pages to create their stories. Its also a great way for people to share what their feeling on paper when its more difficult to speak of them.

If she has a favorite scent, another idea would be to have one of those scented sticks.

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My mother recently underwent both radiation and chemo, and we took her cds of her favorite music, a couple of very soft pillows and some family pictures. I would say that things that are soothing and/or remind her of home and/or loved ones would be the best things to take. Cooking meals is also a huge help also because they aren't going to feel like cooking and probably won't feel like eating for quite a while.

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If your loved one doesn't feel like eating and can tolerate fresh veggie juice, a juicer can be a wonderful gift. It can help him or her to still get enough nutrients every day. The vitamins, minerals and enzymes will also be easy to absorb, without the body needing to go through the whole process of having to digest a heavy meal. The ingredients can be adapted according to what the person can tolerate.

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I agree that a scrapbook of photos is a great idea. If you have any lying around that you've been meaning to give to her for a long while now is the perfect time, especially if they are photos of a particularly happy time or event. Also, when my friend's mom was sick and getting radiation and chemo, I know she was really exhausted most of the time but also kind of bored, lying around in the hospital, and she played a LOT of games she had bought and downloaded onto her cell phone. If your loved one is cell phone/computer savvy, hooking her up with some new delightfully addictive games would be a small but fun gesture. If she's more of the analog age, you could find out what kinds of games she likes and get her some small travel-sized versions of them that could be played in bed. Bringing a deck or two of cards and spending an hour or so playing a favorite card game would help to pass the time and take her mind off things.

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