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« on: June 28, 2005 12:48:57 PM »

An amazing friend of mine was recently diagnosed with a melanoma. They had to remove her toe, on which the growth was found, and she is going to go into more surgery in the coming weeks to have the lymph nodes in her leg taken out because they also have traces of melanoma. The doctor remains confident because the traces are microscopic. Meanwhile she can barely walk and is using crutches and her leg is really stiff. She's only twenty.

I want to send her something really great. We've been friends for a few years now, ran a review site together for a bit, gone through breakups together, and even lived as roommates for a few months last summer. I'd kind of been neglecting her for a while as well due to a lot of crap going on in my own life so I want this to not only be a care package but also a sort of "I still love you and think you rock" kind of thing.

I need ideas, though. Please help? I know what to send her as far as stuff she likes, but I'd like to send something that would stand out from just flowers or cards. Something to keep her mind active and her spirit high. I plan to send her a book or two but what else? She a graphic design major, she loves all things French, she's interested in geishas and photography and she likes cows and daisies and monkeys. Any ideas are GREATLY appreciated. And if you need to know any more about her interests, just ask.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2005 12:56:50 PM »

How about one of those henna tattoo kits?  It allows her to do something artistic and allows her to "redecorate" her body.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2005 12:57:29 PM »

What a moving story i had to reply. My best friend was in a horrible car accident 4 years ago with out going into details She was in a coma for 8 months and then became confined to a wheel chair and brain damage... she is not the same as she was but she is fighting every day......
The first thing that comes to my mind is SOCKS.... (maybe bacause im a knitter) but all kinds of socks covered with things she loves (cows, daises ect.) it would keep her mind of her toe when the cast comes off. You mentioned photgraphy.... when my friend was in her accident i put together a photoalbum / scrap book of pictures. A lot of the pictures where of people who loved her.... i called around and got these people to say somthing they loved about her and put those captions underneeth the photos.... i think its so great she has a friend like you ...... good luck
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2005 01:26:48 PM »

I'd never have thought of the henna tattoo kits. We had actually planned to get henna tats done in Venice Beach last year when I was in LA visiting her. Thanks for the idea. Now I just have to figure out where to get one...any clue?

And you know, I probably never would have thought of socks, either. And since her leg's so stiff her circulation's probably not great and her feet may get colder than usual. That's such a good idea, thanks you so much. Last year I got her some monkey socks but I think her dog ate one of them. Since her dog's now lives outdoors I can get her several pair and not have to worry they'll meet the same fate.

I don't really know any of the same people as she other than her fiance and parents, and my ex-boyfriend whom I don't think she speaks to anymore. But I might make her a scrapbook of some of her favorite stuff and some pictures we took while I was in LA. She's into Asian philosophy so maybe I'll fill with quotes from Confucius and Buddha and the like. Thanks again!
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2005 01:53:40 PM »

My mom just had surgery to remove melanoma and Lymph nodes from her leg (the lymph nodes came back from the lab cancer free, yeah!), she is at home recovering now and she said she is bored out of her mind.
But she needed some comfy light weight summer jammies, just a thought for something she can problably use.
I would make a gift basket with magazines, books, maybe a DVD and some munchies (candy, chips). What about a craft kit, like one of those learn to knit or crochet or some beading kits, color by numbers, even maybe some cheesy kids crafts kits.
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2005 03:12:16 PM »

Glad to hear your mom's cancer free! I had thought of a craft kit but wasn't sure what kind to get her. Maybe I'll get her a Sublime Stitching kit with the monkeys. The color by numbers sounds cool, I can maybe even make a personalized one on the computer. Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2005 07:14:55 AM »

The color by numbers sounds cool, I can maybe even make a personalized one on the computer. Thanks!

Annette did these cool ones: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3521.0. I don't know if she was selling them somewhere. Childish but for adults!

The other things I was going to suggest were an embroidered blanket or a quillt to keep her legs warm if she has to sit down for long periods. But they would take a bit longer to make.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2005 07:27:01 AM »

I'm very sorry about your friend quack. I found this on amazon if it's any help
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002CNZKS/qid=1120054879/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_ur_2/102-7566168-2267345?v=glance&s=hpc&n=507846

Also I think a scrap book would be a really nice idea.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2005 08:51:15 AM »

a lot of good suggestions have been made allready, yay!

what i've done for friends in the past is make a cd of songs that are 'ours', and a scrap book(or notebook) where i wrote some good memories, thoughts, quotes, pasted pictures and clippings from favourite games/movies/celebrities. my best friend still has the one i made her. it only has about a dozen pages filled out by me, and she's been adding to it ever since

i really like the idea of comfy pijama pants and those craft kit ideas.  i hope she feels better
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2005 09:37:10 AM »

If you go to hennapage.com you'll find lots of awesome, totally honest henna vendors. Theres also a message board there, so if you need further help, they'll help you out. They're all totally great over there and can recommend a good package for a beginner henna artist.
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