Care Can be the Little Things

Erin O | Staff Member |

Often, when people hear the word “care” in reference to medical treatment, they think of tests being done…of medication being administered…of the nurse who checks their vitals. Care can go so much further than that…

—it is the positive effect your actions can bring to the patient.

As a young woman who has several friends who have won their battle against this disease, I’ve seen how “care” extends to the emotional support. How a properly-time (or even poorly-timed!) joke can ease the tension out of tough situation. How bringing a fluffy pair of socks to their treatment can make their time in the unit much more comfortable. How stocking them up with weeks’ worth of US Weekly and celebrity gossip can make them forget…even just for a little while…where they are and what’s happening. And how leaving their parents a heart-felt card after walking their dog can help them remember that friends and family are there to care for their needs, too.


  1. Its amazing how important the small things in life are – like fluffy socks and magazine subscriptions – when you are dealing with cancer. Cancer Centers need to realize that frequently the last thing patients want in a waiting room is “medical stuff” and how important some simple amenities can be as a distraction, a laugh, or as a way to engage with others. This is where art, music, games, and literature (even US magazines count) can be key! Also, we should not underestimate the power of the inexpensive greeting card and how a simple note can cheer up a patient’s day–and if you have kids, by all means have them draw a picture which is sure to light up your friend’s day! Thanks for this post!

    Mara B. | | 12:50pm

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