Birthday party for a friend who is dying of cancer.

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Posted 9/11/2012 by wholarmor in NSBR Board

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Posted: 9/11/2012 10:34:37 AM
I'm going to a birthday party for a friend on Saturday. It's disco-themed, and should be fun. I'm wondering what I should do for a gift and card, though. I want to do something special, but I don't have a whole lot of money. I was thinking about maybe a little scrapbook of celebrating life? This is a friend that I know from Bible study several years ago, and we've stayed in touch on Facebook. She's got a great sense of humor and is a writer.

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Posted: 9/11/2012 11:11:16 AM
Maybe a nice journal?

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Posted: 9/11/2012 11:31:18 AM
I like your idea. Maybe put some positive quotes in the book so she would have that to look through on the tough days to come? Since you know her from bible study, perhaps some quotes from the bible? Perhaps include some photos of her with her family (or blanks to put them in later) or embelishments that go along with things she likes, for example, some beautiful flower photos with a nice quote if she is a gardener. If you have a small picture frame that would fit on a bedside table, you could put a scrapped page/photo/quote in that.

If you live nearby, perhaps you could offer to bring a dinner or her favorite coffee/shake/other drink and visit her at home some afternoon. How about a coupon book for running errands for her family or helping with laundry or kitchen clean up or something like that? It would depend on how comfortable you both would be for that though.

It would be hard to know what to do in that situation. I'm sorry your friend is so sick.


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Posted: 9/11/2012 11:43:05 AM
I was also going to suggest a nice journal...even better that she loves to write.

When my sister was sick, I gave her a bundle of journals, so she could document her journey with emotion, vent her rage in the moment if she her two year battle, she filled them to the brim.

I'd give anything to have them now, 20 years later, so I could 'hear' her voice one more time.

A journal wouldn't just be a gift for her, but a gift for her family as well.

Hugs and prayers to your friend and her family.


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Posted: 9/11/2012 12:37:43 PM
How old is your friend? I'm so sorry she's going through this...

I love the journal idea! Maybe some nice journals and pens?


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Posted: 9/11/2012 3:05:22 PM
I'm not certain how old she is. I've never asked her, lol. She has two young boys- 8 and 13. I think she is around my age. According to her diagnosis, she doesn't have much longer to live. It's all so sad.

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Posted: 9/11/2012 3:09:44 PM
When my friend and my sister in law started chemo, I made them little mini books from baseball protectors that had pictures of their kids'(for friend) and grandkids (for SIL) in them with Bible verses and inspirational quotes. They were tiny so they could toss them in their bags or purses when they headed to treatments. Something positive to look at and maybe give them strength for the battle. They were well received.

I like the idea of a journal, too.

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Posted: 9/11/2012 5:15:10 PM
A journal sounds nice. You can even get her a few nice pens maybe colored sharpies or something?

Barnes and noble had pretty journals.


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