When someone you know is diagnosed with breast cancer it can be hard to find the right words to say.
Carmen Allen is celebrating her 5-year cancer-versary. A day before Thanksgiving 2013 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Didn’t know what to expect. Didn’t know what to do. Your brain running a hundred miles a minute,” Allen said.
Two weeks later on Dec. 3, Allen had a double mastectomy. Reconstructive surgery followed.
“I have no signs of cancer, but it’s still a daily struggle,” she said. “It never leaves your mind.”
As Allen shares her own experience Buddy Check 3 asked her about some of the best holiday gifts to support someone through their cancer journey, recovery, and survivorship.
“My neighbor who is a cancer survivor, she took it upon herself to send me inspirational books.
She’s got me a little letter in this one,” Allen said.
Every time I had chemotherapy she made an entire meal to feed my family,” she explained.
We found some inspiring gift ideas for the holidays at Transformation Station inside the Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion.
“Somebody bought me one of these and every time I look at it I think wow. Just something as simple as that just lifts your spirits you know,” Allen said, adding, “They’ve bought me tee-shirts, head wraps, and books, and poetry.”
But Carmen says the most important gift is love.
“It’s the idea that somebody thought about you enough just to show you they cared,” Allen said.
You can find some great gift items at the Transformation Station. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some other holiday gift ideas for breast cancer survivors include: Email Pen Pal, helping with the kids, and becoming a caregiver or an advocate.
You will find a variety of services and products at Transformation Station to assist you in your fight against breast cancer. Simply call them at (912) 819-8386.