Los Angeles graphic designer Emily McDowell, who survived Hodgkin Lymphoma, designed the snarky cards she wished she could have received. They’re called “Empathy Cards.”
“The most difficult thing about my illness was the fact that it was so lonely,” she says. One of the reasons was “friends and family either disappearing because they didn’t know what to say or well-intentioned people saying the wrong thing. So one of the most difficult things about being sick was feeling really alienated from everyone that I knew.”
These make great gifts for people with chronic illnesses.
(They’re also a great reminder that the average neurotypical person can’t “mind read”).