When a loved one receives the gut-wrenching news of a cancer diagnosis, even the most eloquent of people can find themselves at a loss for words. For those of you looking for the right sentiment to send, take heed from someone who knows exactly what people fighting their illness want to hear.
Los Angeles based designer Emily McDowell created a line of sympathy cards that are a definite departure from what you’ll find in the card aisle of your local store. As a cancer survivor who endured the grueling radiation and chemo treatments for 9 months, McDowell conceived her refreshing take on ‘get well’ cards from a very authentic point of view.
She is thankfully cancer-free now, but the designer recalls a poignant aspect of her hardest moments:
“The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing my hair, or being erroneously called “sir” by Starbucks baristas, or sickness from chemo. It was the loneliness and isolation I felt when many of my close friends and family members disappeared because they didn’t know what to say, or said the absolute wrong thing without realizing it. “
Read more of her compelling story or purchase cards from emilymcdowell.com.
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