7 new nontraditional Empathy Cards


As a cancer survivor, McDowell had been on the receiving end of some good-intentioned wishes that were a little, well, tone-deaf. She wanted to help people find the right thing to say to friends and loved ones going through tough times … and she totally nailed it. The cards had messages like:

“Please let me be the first person to punch the next person who tells you everything happens for a reason. I’m sorry you’re going through this.” And:

“I’m so sorry you’re sick. I want you to know that I will never try to sell you on some random treatment I read about on the internet.” …

It helps (a little) to know that I’m not alone


Under comments:

Dennis Gannon
November 20, 2015 at 6:43 am
My life will never be anything near normal again due to the amount of severe suicidal torturous pain I endure on a moment to moment basis. I have A-Typical Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, severe headaches & migraines, severe tmj and all the ailments attached to them. There is no cure but there are serious brain surgeries that could possibly help or make things much worse. So I am forced to take extended release opioids to ease the pain enough to keep me from being suicidal. Trigeminal Neuralgia is unfortunately called the suicide disease because nearly 1/3 of those with it end up committing suicidal to relieve themselves from the constant intense facial and head pain. I must live my life as still as possible in order to not trigger more pain. I am thankful for the beautiful godsend of a plant called the poppy plant. This plant has been utilized since the dawn of humanity to relieve pain and it actual was called ” God’s Own Medicine” some time ago. To keep humans from this plant, that have every human right to receive this plant is an atrocity and will result in genocide via suicide by those who live with such pain. Nobody asked for these pains and god knows nobody wants to kill themselves to escape those pains. So do yourself a favor and gain some compassion for your fellow humans. Research trigeminal neuralgia, a-typical trigeminal neuralgia, occipital neuralgia and similar neuralgias, so you can gain some perspective.

Dennis Gannon