It’s completely normal to be at a loss for words when looking for what to write in a card for someone with cancer. The suddenness of the situation can make it feel like you don’t know how to react. This is the case for many people. Sometimes we don’t know the “perfect” thing to say in the heat of the moment but after a few days to digest the situation we come up with more effective phrases. This is where written message cards are useful.
As we have previously mentioned in our blog; What to say to someone with cancer, it’s best to keep it simple but to the point and avoid saying things that may be interpreted differently or that may come across as inauthentic.
Naturally, we want to be as supportive as possible and we are here to give you some general ideas to work with. Below are some get-well wishes for someone with cancer.
What to write in a message for a cancer patient during the diagnosis stage:
Below are some simple but effective ideas you can write on a message card for someone with cancer. The reason why we advise keeping it simple is because people tend to overextend either by being overly positive in a way that is not realistic or in a moment of confusion they say things that may be interpreted differently. Remember this is just the diagnosis stage and the patient has a lot going through their mind which is another reason to keep it simple. Below are some examples of what to write in a thinking of you card for cancer patients:
1) Get well soon! I’m always here for you!
2) Stay positive! When you are cancer-free I will be there to celebrate with you.
3) I’m here with you every step of the way.
4) I will always be your friend, we will get through this together.
5) I’m lost for words. I can’t imagine what you are going through but know that I am thinking of you and will always be by your side.
What to write to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy
This part is after they have been diagnosed and taken chemotherapy once or more times. During this stage, the patient is often more grounded, they took their first-time chemo and know what to expect. Chemotherapy is very taxing on the body and the after-effects of chemo are unpleasant. Remember every time they show up to a chemotherapy session they do so bearing in mind that these physical difficulties await them during the first few days after chemotherapy. We advise messages of an encouraging nature for patients that are in this phase of the treatment. Here is what to write in a get-well card for cancer patients;
- You are a strong woman/man! I know you can get through this. I am here for you.
- Your resolve is inspiring!
- We will get through this together!
- I know chemo is difficult and I’m here for you, you don’t even have to ask!
We hope our guide gave you a few ideas about what to say to someone with cancer in a card. It’s completely normal, in a situation like this, to feel like you are lost for words. This is why we advise keeping it simple and authentic and most importantly show them that you mean it.
For non-written or longer forms of comforting you can look at our guide on what to say to cancer patients which also includes what not to say. You can also check our Gift Guide for Chemo Patients to get some ideas for presents.