Emily McDowell’s Empathy Cards say only what patients want to hear
When Emily McDowell was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 24, many of her close friends and family members have disappeared. At that time, she thought people didn’t care about her; but as time passed, McDowell realized, they disappeared simply because they didn’t know what to say. The 38-year-old designer is cancer-free now, but the emotional impact of the experience she lingered has inspired her to design an exclusive series of Empathy Cards.
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. Said, Emily McDowell
It often happens with us when we don’t find the right words for our loved one going through a crisis or a critical health problem such as cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, etc. It is really heartening for our loved one when we keep ourselves away from them, only because we don’t have the right language to comfort them. Emily McDowell realized the need and designed Empathy Cards, specifically for the people suffering from a serious illness.