You may not know what to say – but now you know what to buy.
There’s no other word for it – being diagnosed with cancer is shitty.
It’s a tough time for the survivor and their family, a period filled with sadness, anger, confusion and questions. And it’s a time that Shelli Whitehurst is all too familiar with.
Whitehurst is the co-founder of Kit for Cancer, a service designed to make the time of diagnoses that little bit easier, by providing a kit filled with everything you might need.
We spoke to her about how it works, who it helps and her own ongoing battle with cancer.
Where did the idea for Kit for Cancer come from?
“The night I had been told that I had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. I had been at the breast cancer surgeon’s office from 10:30am – and then had been in tests for seven hours back-to-back,” she says.
“The world is a blur. You are a pin cushion and you just don’t feel anything anymore. Through this process you are told by a parade of doctors, nurses and everyone else about all the things that you need and all the things that will help you.”
“There are a barrage of people wanting to send you gifts and asking you what they can do to help. At this moment – you really don’t know and that question becomes like fingernails on a chalk board,” she says.
“It’s really frustrating because you are focused on your next test, appointments and what’s going on with your cancer – not worrying about what bunch of flowers you would like delivered. I was thinking, why is there just not one place that I can go, click and they would arrive at my house?”