Depending on the chemotherapy treatment, some patients are admitted to the hospital for the treatment and others go to a clinic for several hours at a time, multiple times. One of the side effects of the treatment is extreme cold and discomfort. In gathering ideas from REAL moms of kids going through chemotherapy, we heard that the following items were the most helpful to provide warmth and comfort. If you experienced something differently or have other suggestions, please comment below or contact us.
Note: If you are considering donating comfort items to a hospital or oncology unit, instead of a loved one going through chemotherapy, I suggest that you contact them first to see what their guidelines are for donated items, particularly ones that are handmade.
If you are crafty or are wanting to learn a skill for a good cause, there are great directions out there on how to make comfort items by hand.
- FleeceFun.com has a free patten: basic hat with ribbon. Note: The large size seems more like a medium. (with adult supervision, kids can easily make these hats)
- Other patterns from Head Huggers
- Hot Dog Approach for Sewing a Pillow Case from Ryan’s Case for Smiles
- Sewing Instructions and More from Conkerr Cancer