Empathy Cards For Serious Illness

Posted on May 03, 2015

Hi, friends. Today we're launching something new. They're called Empathy Cards, and they're designed to give to people with a serious illness. I've been working on the idea for these cards for a long time, and this project is really important to me. Empathy Cards for serious illness: Treatment on the Internet


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Most of us struggle to find the right words in the face of a friend or loved one’s major health crisis, whether it’s cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, or anything else. It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it.


I created this collection of empathy cards for serious illness because I believe we need some better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A “fuck cancer” card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most "cancer cards" focus on.


With Empathy Cards, my goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand. I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.One More Chemo Down Empathy Cards for Serious Illness


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As a cancer survivor, I have a very personal stake in this game. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24. After 9 months of chemo and radiation, I went into remission and have been incredibly fortunate to be cancer-free since.


I Didn't Know What To Say Empathy Cards For Serious Illness


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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 realizing it.


In our increasingly digital world, when it comes to someone in crisis, greeting cards have never been more relevant or appropriate. A card resonates in a way that email and text can’t. It’s a personal, simple, tangible way to be present for someone struggling with illness.


As a result of my own experiences as a patient, friend, and caregiver, I’ve wanted to create this collection for a long time. I considered including these cards in the initial launch of my wholesale line two years ago, but I decided it would be more impactful to wait until we’d built a bigger platform and made a bit of a name with the brand. We're launching this series with 8 cards, and we'll be adding more with each new release.


I think Empathy Cards are the most important things I’ve designed so far, and they’re some of my personal favorites. It’s not often that you look at a greeting card and think, “The world needs this,” but in this case, I really believe that’s true.Empathy Cards for Serious Illness


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If these resonate with you, I'd love your help in getting them out into the world. I've never asked you guys to share our stuff before, but I'm asking now, because I want to connect these with as many folks as possible who could use them.


As a small thank you, everyone who posts one of these cards on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter with the hashtags #empathycards and #emilymcdowell will be entered to win one of two $100 gift certificates to our online shop. You can use any of the images in this post or on my instagram feed (@emilymcdowell_), or grab images from the shop. Two winners will be announced on Monday, May 11th, a week from today.


Also! If you have a contact at an illness/research organization, in the media, a blogger, etc., who you think might be interested in featuring these or working with us, please email Sara, our head of marketing, at sara@emilymcdowell.com. We're happy to donate cards, too -- our main goal is just to get these in front of the people who need them. It's hard to make a big difference with a greeting card, but I'm hoping these can make a small one.


Thank you so much for your help and your support. You guys are the best.


xoxo Emily


Died of Lemons Empathy Cards For Serious Illness


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 Fuck Cancer Empathy Cards for Serious Illness


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 Friendship through cancer empathy cards for serious illness


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 illness is not a journey empathy cards for serious illness


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Cat
Cat

August 26, 2016

As someone who has several immediate family members with ongoing serious health problems, I appreciate these cards so much. I’m pretty fed up with hearing others drop feel-good quotes and then skip off back to their perfect lives.

Annette Barletta
Annette Barletta

August 22, 2016

These cards are wonderful. How, where do I get some? I have some friends who could really use a few.

Erica
Erica

August 14, 2016

Hi Emily,

I just found your AMAZEBALLS empathy cards. I am a survivor of Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (we are only a “non” away…). I am fairly certain you nailed it with these. I hope to see these in every card store in place of all the flowery “our thoughts are with you…” cards.

Thank you for expressing things perfectly.
Erica

Melissa
Melissa

July 31, 2016

Thank you for this. Your work is a gift for everyone cancer affects. Thanks you.

Mary Lumpkin
Mary Lumpkin

July 28, 2016

Thank you for the cards!!!

My Mom kept hearing..well if you have to have cancer (like it’s a choice?!) then endometrial is the best to get..3 years, 2 recurrences, and now it is on her liver….ugh

Karen
Karen

July 15, 2016

Please make a card that says “If one more Doctor tells me that if you have to have cancer, then Thyroid cancer is the one to have”, I am going to scream, ‘’Why do I have to have cancer at all?’’ { My thyroid cancer has now ‘’blessed me’’ with lung cancer…so it turns out it wasn’t the best one to have after all.} Thank you for your cards…I needed the smiles.

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67u今天一会好吗

July 13, 2016

更何况机会

Jennifer
Jennifer

June 25, 2016

I am going through chemo right now and they are perfect! They make me laugh! Thank you for designing these. I totally believe in the power of greeting cards and snail mail!

Nancy
Nancy

June 21, 2016

It’s good to see your cards. I will be back to shop because they say what’s so difficult to put into words. Thank you.

Suz
Suz

June 21, 2016

Great idea and so helpful for those of us that are often at a lack for proper words. I’ve saved the link for when I need these because unfortunately I know I will eventually.

Nita
Nita

June 21, 2016

These are outstanding. My brother recently died of cancer, and I could never find the right card. I wish I had had these. You really have done some important work here, and I will spread the word far and near. Thank you for these.

Lisa Kulp
Lisa Kulp

June 21, 2016

I love these. Spot on. I’m a cancer survived until now. I don’t want to try any lotions or potions and God’s (who I do believe in) has more things to do than worry about one person in seven billion. But I got off lucky and didn’t have much vomit inducing treatment or scares. Good to have some guides for what to say to people who may not have happy endings but you want to give live.

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