Emily McDowell Empathy Cards

$ 4.50

Being sick can be really lonely. One major reason is because most people don't know what to say, so they disappear, or say the wrong thing entirely. And as a friend, it IS hard to know what to say. I created Empathy Cards because I believe we need some better, more authentic ways to communicate about illness and suffering. 

My goal for this collection is to help people connect with each other through truth, and to help people with illness feel seen and understood. I think these are the most important things I’ve designed so far, and they’re some of my favorites.

- Blank inside
- A2 size (4.25" x 5.5")
- Offset printed in Los Angeles onto heavyweight matte stock, using environmentally friendly soy inks
- Comes with a matching kraft envelope

Burden: You're not a burden. You're a human.

Didn't Know What To Say: I'm really sorry I haven't been in touch. I didn't know what to say. 

Died of Lemons: When life gives you lemons, I won't tell you a story about my cousin's friend who died of lemons. 

Everything Happens for a Reason: Please let me be the first to punch the next person who tells you everything happens for a reason. I'm sorry you're going through this.  

Five Stages: The Five Stages of Grief: Crying in public. Crying in the car. Crying alone while watching TV. Crying at work. Crying when you're a little drunk. I love you.

#FuckCancer Doesn't Help: I know #FuckCancer doesn't help you get through it. I'm here any time you need me. 

God's Plan: If this is God's Plan, God is a terrible planner. (No offense if you're reading this, God. You did a really good job with other stuff. Like waterfalls and pandas). 

Hate Running: When people say, "It's a marathon, not a sprint," I don't think they get how much you hate running.

Illness Journey: I promise never to refer to your illness as a journey." Unless someone takes you on a cruise.

Kept Going: Kept Going (in gold foil on the Everyday Bravery Pin). 

Kicking Cancer's Ass: Kicking Cancer's Ass (in gold foil on the Everyday Bravery Pin). 

Laughter Medicine: Laughter is the best medicine! ... until they find an actual cure for what you have. I'm sorry you've been feeling lousy. 

One More Chemo Down: One more chemo down! Let's celebrate with whatever doesn't taste disgusting. 

Showing Up: Thank you for showing up for me. It means everything. 

Smothered With Kale: How about this: The next non-doctor who thinks they can cure you gets smothered with kale. 

Take Away Your Pain: I wish I could take away your pain. Or at least take away the people who compare it to the time their hamster died. 

Trashy TV: Just so you know, I am totally on board for driving you to treatment, cleaning your place, helping pick out flattering wigs, coming up with bad-ass visualization exercises, and if you twist my arm, I guess I'd also be cool with lying on the couch and watching trashy TV together. I know. It's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I love you. 

Treatment on the Internet: 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. 

What Doesn't Kill You: Together, we can find a cure for the phrase, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

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