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The mother of a good friend is dealing with cancer. It is easy to feel helpless when those you love are going through any kind of suffering. Today, I made a homemade pot of soup and thought of my friend's mother. The soup was very healthy and easy on the stomach. I grabbed a ladle and filled up a mason jar, then attached a label to it with the short list of ingredients. Tomorrow I will give it to my friend when I see her.


Even if her mother can't eat the soup, she will know I was thinking of her. A frugal and thoughtful gift.

By Patricia Mabel from Maple Falls, WA

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

What a thoughtful thing to do! I've been through cancer treatment and will positively affirm that this sort of thing would be greatly appreciated. Often, people assume that 'someone else' is taking care of you, or they don't know what to do, so no one does anything.

Though on some days people don't feel like eating much after chemo, that often is only for a few days right after a treatment. Having anything pre-made makes it easy to heat and eat a few bites, or it can be saved for later, or used as a meal for family members that the chemo patient isn't well enough to cook for.


I remember someone who brought a bag of assorted deli meats, cheese, and bread, and it was wonderful to have it on hand to make easy meals.

Several weeks later, an old friend brought a plate lunch from a local restaurant, which was a huge treat since we couldn't afford to eat out during that time.

Don't ever think that what you're doing is too small. It's been five years since then and I still remember gratefully those three times someone brought food to me. That alone should tell you how much appreciated any gift of food is during that time! :^)

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February 1, 20130 found this helpful

I love premade stuff! The more it is premade the quicker children and other members of the family will eat it.


This is such a thoughtful thing to do for someone who doesn't feel well after chemo! Thank you so much for the post!

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February 2, 20130 found this helpful

As a retired RN, I know for a fact that people with cancer who often can't eat much can eat soup in small amounts. It's much lighter than solid food & many times can hit the spot. This is a great idea for anyone who doesn't feel well for any reason. Thanks for posting.

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