Buying Gifts for Cancer Patients can be very hard, I recently learned. When it came time to buy my sick mother a gift, I really have no idea what to do, and I know that I’m not the only one who has been in the situation, when somebody is suffering from a serious illness, like cancer, it is really hard to know how to think of a good gift idea for somebody who has cancer, and that is a serious problem that a lot of people deal with. It might sound a little bit trivial, or a bit like a first world problem is they call it, but I don’t think it’s that at all, I don’t think it’s something that should be trivialized, I think that the way that you treat somebody who is having their hardest time can actually be reflective of the depth of your understanding of how to behave, and the depth of your relationship in the first place, and I would hate for something to be misconstrued, only because I was feeling awkward about saying how I felt. The thing is, I think the thing that made deciding on a gift so difficult, was that there were so many things that I wanted to give, that are generally not encapsulated within a single item. I had good intentions, I really did, you know, when somebody is feeling ill we want to give them things that can’t be bought. We want to be able to be a source of unbridled compassion, protection, forgiveness, and bathie, we want to be an ear that is always there to listen, and somebody who has the judgment to always know what the right thing to say and do is in all sorts of difficult situations.