May 24, 2012

Chemo Sucks

I recently received some terrible news. A college friend of mine has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and began chemo treatment this week.  The sucky thing about cancer is that it knows no rules. You never know who it might strike. You certainly wouldn't guess it would choose a vibrant 28 year old with two small boys who call her mama....

Back in the day, I used to see my friend Jessi 3-4 times a week through various Lutheran Student Fellowship activities, a Christian organization on campus, which we were both fairly involved with. Here we are circa 2005. Jessi is on the far left.

To show my friend some love and support, I am sending her this chemo sucks lollipop bouquet. With her spunky personality, I am sure she will appreciate my attempts to lighten the mood.

I debated on whether to say cancer sucks or chemo sucks, and I even debated whether "sucks" was an acceptable word in a home with young children. Ultimately, I decided that her fun loving spirit would appreciate a little comic relief. Afterall, a sucker bouquet in a sucky situation is mildly amusing. If nothing else, she'll know we're thinking of her.

I believe in the healing power of prayer, so if you are reading this, could you please pause and take a moment to pray for my friend Jessi and her young family. Pray for healing. Pray for peace. And above all, pray that His will be done.

Thank you

p.s. If you'd like to make a similar display, feel free to copy this jpeg for personal use.

And here's a peek at the inside (read the comments for more details on assembly)


  1. Where did you order the lolly bouquet from? My SIL is going through chemo right now and I'd love to send her one too!

  2. Actually, I made it myself with suckers from Walgreens. Only a dollar for the large rainbow one. The rest happen to be blowpops, but any will do. The tin cup was left over from Valentine's day, but I've seen similar in Target's dollar spot.

    I've added another photo at the bottom of the post to illustrate how I assembled it. I took some left over pipe insulator (97 cents for a giant piece of pipe insulator at places like Lowes which is great for all sorts of crafts) and rolled it up as tightly as I could. The stems of the suckers were then wedged into the spiral. It's pretty secure. I'm quite confident it will stay put during shipment through the USPS.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Miracles can happen really. My sister was in stage 4 breast cancer and they got rid of it all!!! Now she has to be really careful and go to dr. appts to keep checking up on it, but she is still here and the cancer is gone. So don't lose hope. I will be praying for your friend.


  4. Thank you for this awesome crafty idea! We used a half-sphere Styrofoam ball vice the bucket. What a "sweet" way to let her know she is loved. Thank you for the jpg as well.