Several stockings are hung over a blazing fireplace that also features a Christmas garland draped over the sides and a row of lit candles. One of the stockings has a heart on it and appears more like a shadow than an actual stocking.

What the Bladder Cancer Community Really Wishes for This Holiday

We asked the Facebook community, "What are holiday gift ideas for someone with bladder cancer?" and were astounded by the responses we got. Instead of sharing gift items, many people shared intangible things - like health, time, and hope.

While this wasn't the response we were expecting, this reveals that the bladder cancer community knows that the best things in life aren't things at all.

Here's what the bladder cancer community wishes for...

Improved health

The best gift would be improved health. Many of you live with multiple health challenges in addition to bladder cancer. While health cannot be gifted, items that can encourage healthy living, such as fitness clothes or a healthy recipe book might be helpful.

Time and attention

Nothing can replace quality time with loved ones. Whether it is taking the time to drive you to appointments, or just listening when you have something on your mind. A nice cooked meal. A phone call to catch up. Time and attention can show that someone truly cares.

Anything to take our mind off of it

Cancer can be utterly overwhelming at times, and distractions are one way to cope. Something that takes the mind away from the stress and worry of it all. Some people mentioned a small getaway, once it's safe to travel again. A bubble bath or a relaxing night in can do the trick, too.


Knowing first hand how awful and scary it is to get a life altering diagnosis is something that everyone with bladder cancer can relate to. Hope is that feeling that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Encouragement and supportive words and gestures can give you the sense of hope that you will get through this.


Prayers for health and healing. Prayers for anyone living with and battling bladder cancer. Prayers for the times when you are feeling anxious, scared, lonely, or depressed. It can be so comforting to know that someone out there is praying for you.


True love doesn't budge in the face of cancer. Hearing or reading the words, "I love you" can bring a warm feeling to your heart. Self-love is an important part of love, too. Be kind and patient with your body, giving yourself time to heal.

To be cancer free

Being told that you are cancer free or have remained cancer free can be the best news for anyone living with cancer. We hope that everyone gets to hear this news one day.

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