A Childhood Touched by Cancer
21 February, 2017 Janelle
In Journaling, Navigating an illness
How to use Care + Notes

A Childhood Touched by Cancer

I still remember the moment my uncle was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I would have been around ten years old and I had never heard the word cancer before. It sounded terrifying – largely because it was a whispered word between my parents … not something they ever said too loudly, but the look on their faces told me it was something they were afraid of.

Perhaps this was the initial shaping of a young mind which lead me to become a nurse years later – that innate desire to help ‘make things better’ during stressful times. My nursing years were some of the hardest, happiest, and most fulfilling years of my life. Being able to offer comfort, support and healing to another person is indeed a gift. So perhaps once I had children and left nursing behind there was still a part of me that wanted ‘to help’.

Care + Notes is a journal designed for people who are going through a serious illness. It is a helper, an organiser, a planner and a place to record any details related to your illness.

Care + Notes, a journal by the grace files

When you are unwell with a chronic illness or perhaps going through chemotherapy, it is often hard to remember things – this is where Care + Notes becomes a helpful companion. When things are written down on loose pieces of paper, it is very easy to lose them which can add to the stress of being unwell.

By writing your medical information down in your Care + Notes journal, it not only keeps your information in one place, but it means you will never have to look for that lost piece of paper again.

It is a place to write down:

  • Important contact information from doctors to hospitals – all in one organised place
  • Your medications
  • Your treatment plan
  • Your symptoms
  • Questions for your doctor
  • Your thoughts and notes
  • Everything you need to remember during your illness.

As well as being a helpful companion for someone going through a serious illness, Care + Notes is also a beautiful journal because we believe that when you are unwell, you should be surrounded by things that bring a little more beauty into your life.


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