My Chemo Box

About to embark on a course of chemotherapy, or hoping to practically support someone else who is? I can recommend a Chemo Box!

A Chemo Box is a package that contains different items – both for comfort and entertainment – that someone undergoing chemotherapy might need and want during their treatments. It just helps make life that little easier.

So, what’s in the box?

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My Chemo Box, which will be updated as I go through chemo, currently contains:

  • A water bottle to help stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Lip balm to help sooth chapped and dried mouths
  • Cosy bed socks to help keep extremities warm while sitting around a lot
  • Face and body moisturiser to tackle the notoriously dry skin you get from chemo
  • Two books sent to me by one of my best friends
  • A jigsaw puzzle for when I really want to concentrate on 500 of something
  • A colouring book and pencils in case I feel like staying inside the lines
  • Notebook and pen, in case anything vaguely interesting crosses my mind
  • My Nintendo Switch, bringing me squarely back into the 21st Century
  • These ginger chews which apparently they help with nausea and ‘metal mouth’
  • Strengthening nail varnish as chemo can cause damage to your claws
  • One huge, fluffy blanket to combat the chill of doing very little for hours on end
  • A spare phone charger, reasons for which should be obvious
  • Antibacterial gel to help reduce risks of infection while my immune system is compromised
  • Disposable face masks for when I feel I need some extra protection
  • Biotene mouth spray, toothpaste and mouth wash, as recommended to me by a fellow cancer fighter who says mouth sores are to be expected
  • Soft bristle toothbrushes to reduce the risk of getting a mouth infection
  • A pair of headphones to protect other chemo-goers from having to share my music tastes
  • My favourite beanie hat (Urban Outfitters!) to keep my noggin warm

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