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Practical Ways to Support a Loved One with Cancer: Introducing the MOJO Health Registry

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event that not only affects the individual diagnosed but also their loved ones. In times of uncertainty and distress, knowing how to support someone facing cancer can be challenging. However, there are practical ways to offer help and comfort that can make a meaningful difference in their journey towards healing and recovery. From providing emotional support to assisting with practical needs, each gesture of kindness can serve as a beacon of hope in the midst of adversity.


This is where the MOJO Health Registry comes in—a revolutionary platform designed to simplify the support process for cancer patients and their loved ones. By creating a personalized registry for life changing supplements, patients can communicate their specific requirements, making it easier for friends and family to provide meaningful, and healthful, assistance. With MOJO Health, offering and accepting help becomes a more structured and impactful experience, fostering a supportive environment that promotes healing and well-being.


What can a newly diagnosed cancer patient do?


Ask for and accept help:

One of the most important lessons for individuals facing a cancer diagnosis is to recognize that it's okay to ask for help. Often, those diagnosed may feel hesitant to burden others or reluctant to admit their needs. However, putting aside the instinct to give and allowing others to support them can be immensely beneficial. Friends and family members want to help but may not know how, so speaking up and expressing specific needs is essential. By opening up and sharing their challenges, individuals can create a support network that provides comfort and assistance throughout their journey.


Asking for help is one thing, but oftentimes accepting the help being offered is even harder. In times of crisis, it's essential for cancer patients to expand their support network beyond their immediate friend group. This may involve reaching out to acquaintances or colleagues and being open about their diagnosis. By sharing their needs and accepting help when offered, individuals can receive support from unexpected sources and build a strong community of allies. Overcoming the fear of vulnerability and embracing the support of others can empower individuals to navigate their cancer journey with resilience and courage.


Making a List of Needs:

Creating a list of practical needs and preferences can be a helpful tool for cancer patients to navigate their support system. Whether it's transportation to appointments, assistance with household chores, or emotional support, having a tangible list can facilitate communication and ensure that specific needs are met. By clearly articulating their needs, individuals can alleviate the burden of uncertainty and enable their support network to provide targeted assistance.


Another way a list can be made is by creating a registry with the help of MOJO Health. This can be a proactive step for newly diagnosed cancer patients to communicate their needs to their loved ones. By compiling a list of items that can aid in their healing journey, such as supplements, patients can ensure that their support network knows exactly how to provide meaningful assistance. With MOJO Health's user-friendly platform, patients can easily create and customize their registry, adding items that align with their specific preferences and requirements. This is a great way to ensure that patients will get quality supplements to combat treatment side effects! By sharing the registry with friends and family, patients empower their loved ones to contribute in a meaningful way, fostering a supportive environment that promotes healing and well-being.


How can someone best support a newly diagnosed cancer patient?


Spending Quality Time:

Amidst medical appointments and treatments, the gift of time can be one of the most precious offerings for someone facing cancer. Simply being present, listening without judgment, and providing companionship can bring immense comfort and solace. Whether it's watching a movie together, taking a leisurely walk, or sharing a heartfelt conversation, these moments spent together can provide much-needed emotional support. The presence of loved ones can serve as a source of strength and encouragement during difficult times.


Dietary Support:

Following a cancer diagnosis, many individuals may choose to adopt healthier dietary habits or make specific dietary changes to support their treatment journey. Friends and family can offer support by helping with grocery shopping or assisting with meal preparation. Additionally, avoiding foods that may exacerbate cancer growth, such as processed foods and excessive sugar, can be beneficial. By nourishing the body with wholesome foods, individuals can optimize their health and well-being as they undergo treatment.  Oftentimes, family and friends default to “casserole” mode and show up with home baked items. While this is very thoughtful, it isn’t always the best way to show your support.  


Beyond Flower Arrangements:

While flower arrangements are a common gesture of support as well, they may not always be the most practical or meaningful gift for someone facing cancer. Instead, consider asking the individual what they truly need or prefer. Tangible items such as books, cozy blankets, or self-care products can provide comfort and support, but they are only soothing gifts. These aren’t necessarily the best investment when someone is trying to heal from cancer. Instead, lean toward healing gifts, such as supplements or gift certificates for a massage or other facilitated healing practice. As Julie Stevens, MOJO Founder, said on a recent podcast episode,


“It’s not sexy to buy someone Vitamin D, but Vitamin D and Magnesium [are] truly what can really heal [your] body and help [you] thrive through the healing process.”

Wouldn’t you much rather give someone supplements that



have a healthful effect?  


Supporting with Intention:

Before offering assistance or sending gifts, it's essential for outsiders to communicate with the cancer patient and ask what they need. Rather than assuming, taking the time to understand their preferences and limitations can ensure that the support provided is meaningful and appreciated. Whether it's offering a listening ear, providing practical help, or sending a thoughtful gift, supporting with intention demonstrates genuine care and consideration for the individual's well-being. By prioritizing the needs and preferences of the newly diagnosed, friends and family can offer meaningful assistance on the journey towards healing and recovery.


For example, you can ask your loved one what side effects they are most worried about, or experiencing, and then help them manage that side effect.  To do this, you can go to www.mojohealth.org/strategy, find the side effects and then view the supplements (link to shop) and lifestyle changes that might help. Then, give them a MOJO Health gift card! Supplements can be expensive, but the right ones work! As mentioned before, you can also direct your loved one to MOreJOy Health to create a registry. This easy step takes the guesswork out for everyone involved.  It flows right off of the strategy builder and is the perfect way to start healing from the inside out.


In times of adversity, the support and kindness of loved ones can serve as a beacon of hope for those facing cancer. Together, we can create a supportive and nurturing environment where cancer patients feel valued, supported, and empowered to navigate their journey with strength and resilience. Through platforms like MOJO Health's Gift Registry, we're revolutionizing the cancer journey by providing personalized strategies and healing options that make a tangible difference. With the power of intentional support and access to effective resources, we can uplift and empower those battling cancer, fostering a community of hope, healing, resilience and MOre JOy.

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