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Mothers Day

Posted 5/10/2013

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  Mothers Day is one of those "holidays" that we love to hate. Like Fathers Day (which gets less of the marketing push and seems to have less of the emotional whallop) and Valentines Day (which I have long thought is important only to high schoolers and singles who wish they were partnered), it takes a lovely concept and then buries it in ads and cliches. How can it possibly make any mother feel cherished to receive a new vacuum cleaner? And although those breakfasts in beds carried tenuously by small children and prepared by only slightly older ones sound charming, most of us would really rather have brunch out with adults.Add cancer to the mix, and it quickly becomes more complicated and charged.

  The obvious gut twist to Mothers Day is the worry that we won't be around to continue mothering our children for as long as we had anticipated. This is often paired with sadness about the deaths of our own mothers, and the combination is intense. My own mother has been gone for too long, but I surely am thinking about her this week and continue to make donations in her memory to her important causes.

  This is an article from the Huff Post about appropriate gifts for a mother with cancer, really for a mother in treatment for cancer. If you have other ideas, please share them:

3 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Mothers in Cancer Treatment

 

 

 

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Do not allow the dark veil of a cancer diagnosis or the negative side effects of cancer

treatment put a damper on your Mother's Day celebrations! If your Mother is coping with the "Big C" and undergoing treatment,

the beautiful bouquet of flowers you send her every year may be too potent of a scent, or she may not have a stomach for the

annual box of chocolates. Here are a few other suggestions of gifts that can make Mother's Day extra special for a mother who

is undergoing cancer treatment:

 

 

Make Memories

 

 

 

Cancer is a diagnosis that affects the entire family, so try thinking outside the box this year. Instead of purchasing Mom a

 

tangible gift, begin a new tradition of creating a new fond memory. True, Mom may not be able to go bungee jumping or

skydiving, but local venues are sure to offer fun classes like pottery throwing, tile making, stained glass or water-color painting.

Attend a class as a family.

 

 

Cancer is a diagnosis that affects the entire family, so try thinking outside the box this year. Instead of purchasing Mom a

It's Make-Over Time!

 

 

 

The loss of one's hair, eyelashes and eyebrows can be overwhelming. Think about purchasing Mom a day package at a

 

reputable spa that uses organic or chemical-free products. In addition, helping her learn how to pick the appropriate shades of

makeup and apply the makeup properly can be a game-changer. I know my mother was never one to wear makeup prior to her

cancer treatment, but after losing both her hair and her breasts, the option to apply makeup helped her feel "feminine." Include

a nice facial or massage,* so Mom can start her new beauty regimen with clean pores and relaxed muscles. Just be sure to opt

for chemical-free products throughout, so as not to add cancer-exacerbating toxins to Mom's system!

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tory-zellick/three-mothers-day-gift-ideas_b_3226836.html

The loss of one's hair, eyelashes and eyebrows can be overwhelming. Think about purchasing Mom a day package at a

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