Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Cancer Survivor in Your Life

By Abby Henry Singh February 13, 2018Pearls of Wisdom Blog

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have you still not gotten a present for your Valentine? Fear not! Here are a few ideas for easy, personal gifts that take into consideration the special needs of cancer patients.

Bake a healthy treat to share with your Valentine.

What makes a tasty dessert even better? If it also packs a nutritious punch! Here are few delicious and tasty recipes to make for your Valentine:

Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • The secret ingredient? Nutrient-rich beets!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Berry Cherry Yogurt Popsicles

  • Popsicles are a perfect choice if your loved one is experiencing sore mouth or difficulty swallowing as a side effect of cancer treatment.

Send a balloon bouquet, instead of flowers.

Instead of flowers, consider sending your loved one a balloon bouquet instead. Cancer patients in treatment can be sensitive to smells and odors. A balloon bouquet can be a fun, festive alternative! If your loved one is in the hospital, he or she may not be able to receive flowers as a health precaution. If you’d still like to send flowers to a hospital, call first to check if it’s okay.

Put together a self-care basket.

Cancer patients deserve a little relaxation. Put together a basket that includes everything your loved one needs for a comfortable night at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Thick socks or pajama set
  • DVD of your favorite romantic movie
  • Your favorite novel or a magazine
  • Favorite snacks
  • Nail polish in red or pink for Valentine’s Day
  • Unscented lotions or hand creams
  • Candle
  • Stuffed animal

Cook a romantic dinner at home.

If your Valentine is not up for a night out because of fatigue or a suppressed immune system, prepare a romantic (and healthy) dinner at home instead.

Light candles and put on background music to set a romantic mood. You can even dress up to make a good impression.

Start off dinner with a Baby Greens Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette. For the main course, how about Stuffed Chicken Breasts with a side of Roasted Brussels Sprouts? Finish the meal with one of the sweet Valentine’s Day treats listed earlier.

Make a DIY Valentine card.

Nothing can replace an old-fashioned, handmade Valentine. Get creative and use construction paper, magazines, photographs, glitter, buttons, or anything you have on hand to decorate your card. Take some time to come up with a heartfelt message to go inside. It’s the perfect way to say, “I love you.”

Abby Henry Singh

Author Abby Henry Singh

Manger Content, Outreach, and Outcomes Abby Henry Singh is a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. She has been a member of PearlPoint Cancer Support for over 5 years. Previously, Singh was the Program and Outreach Manger for the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter where she worked to raise disease awareness and support those diagnosed with the disease through educational programs. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Belmont English alumni book club.

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