- Lung cancer survivor Kathy Griffin was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer earlier this year and had half of her left lung removed; friends recently gifted her with a gorgeous recovery quilt, which she shared on social media.
- A recovery quilt is a nice way to show someone who’s in recovery – either for physical or mental health issues – that you’re thinking about them, and supporting them through their journey.
- Stage 1 lung cancer indicates that the cancer had not spread to Kathy’s lymph nodes, or other areas of her body. As a result of early detection and early staging, she was able to treat her cancer with surgery.
Kathy shared the gorgeous, colorful quilt, handmade by her friends Mike and his husband, with her followers. She writes, “Thank you so much to Mike and your husband for sending this beautiful handmade recovery quilt. We all love it, including the doggies.”
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What is a Recovery Quilt?
For many people, having a strong sense of community while going through the cancer battle is essential. Whether it’s a friend, spouse, partner, or family members – or a combination thereof – having attentive loved ones to support and help you through your cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, is helpful.
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Some people supporting those battling cancer chip in to help in a variety of ways. It’s common for friends and family to cook for those diagnosed with cancer, in order to lighten the mental and daily load of meal prep. Others may offer gifts, like Kathy’s friends. Recovery quilts are one such gift that you can give a friend or loved one with cancer.
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A recovery quilt can be a nice gift for anyone fighting cancer, or someone who is enduring any kind of physical or mental health battle. Some people gift recovery quilts to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The idea of the recovery quilt employs the use of color psychology and chromotherapy – or, using color as a therapeutic device for the viewer, or, quilt owner! The color green, in particular, is often used in recovery quilts as it’s thought to be a calming and relaxing color that can help in the healing process. Green also symbolizes health and new growth, and both are essential themes for someone in recovery.
Kathy’s Cancer Battle
Kathy is a non-smoker and she was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year, which she shared with fans on social media. The comedian was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer.
Stage 1 lung cancer indicates that the cancer had not spread to Kathy’s lymph nodes, or other areas of her body. In terms of treatment options, this is great news. And as a result of early detection and early staging, she was able to treat her cancer diagnosis with surgery. Lung cancer treatment options include chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. Symptoms of this disease typically include:
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- Constant coughing that becomes painful over time
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in voice or difficulty speaking without getting winded
- Pain in the torso, mid- and upper-back, and shoulders
- Discoloration or a sudden change in color of mucus and saliva
There are two types of lung cancer:
- Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type and makes up about 85% of cases
- Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is less common, but it tends to grow faster than NSCLC and is treated very differently