I would never call cancer "a gift" in my life. But without doubt many good things have happened because of my illness. I mention the most important silver linings in my poem, The View From Remission.
Here is one gift to make life easier for any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy:
Free housecleaning. Any woman can apply for free housecleaning one time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up for Cleaning for a Reason and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.
The only glitch is the limited number of housecleaning angels right now.
Cleaning for a Reason serves the entire United States of America but doesn't yet have the angel-power to provide service in every zip code area. And Cleaning for a Reason can accept only 50 applicants each Monday through Thursday. The applicationprocess opens at 12 noon (Central Time) Monday through Thursday, and it usually closes in 6 minutes.
Unless you love doing housework, keep Cleaning for a Reason in mind when you or someone you love is undergoing chemotherapy.
As an aside, this is just one more example of individuals whose generosity and loving kindness receives little attention. My perception of humanity has been shaped by my view from the other side of the stethoscope.
Healthy Survivors seek out and accept help that makes it easier to get good care and/or live as fully as possible.