Designer Emily McDowell was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24, enduring nine months of chemo and radiation before going into remission.
“The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing my hair, or being erroneously called ‘sir’ by Starbucks baristas, or sickness from chemo. It was the loneliness and isolation I felt when many of my close friends and family members disappeared because they didn’t know what to say, or said the absolute wrong thing without realising it.”
She’s 38 now and has been cancer-free ever since her treatment, but (unsurprisingly) those reactions stayed with her. So to help friends and family of people with cancer articulate their feelings, she designed a series of cancer greeting cards (which you can buy from her website).
The design is nice, but it’s the sentiments that pack a real punch: