Emma Mullane pictured with the chemo care pouches.
Limerick woman Emma Mullane brings joy with chemo care pouches
By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins
Mungret local Emma Mullane has been bringing joy to women in Limerick with her specially made chemo care pouches. Emma, a stylist with Stella & Dot decided to start putting together the pouches after one of her American colleagues came up with the idea. In 2016, Emma made 30 pouches and this year she donated 56 pouches to clinics in Limerick.
Each pouch contains items designed to bring a little bit of comfort to women who are about to start the process of chemotherapy. Emma got advice on what sort of things she should include in the pouches based on what symptoms women experience while receiving chemotherapy. Emma Mullane spoke to ilovelimerick about what each pink pouch contains “I heard that their hands and their feet could get quite cold, so I included fluffy socks and gloves, a natural hand cream because they don’t include any chemicals, lip balm, a notebook and a pencil because a friend of mine who went through treatment said she became very forgetful so it would be handy to have a notebook to write things down. I also included a magazine, ginger tea bags, ginger sweets to help with nausea. Bellissimo also donated 60 €10 vouchers and information packs about the fabulous wig clinic that they have”.
Emma is a stylist with Stella & Dot, an accessories company and it was her own customers who donated the funds for Emma to purchase the items needed for the pouches.
“I thought that because the pouches would be going to women local to me that I would be helping the local community which really appealed to me. A lot of stylists around Ireland have actually got on board with the idea too and around 500 pouches have been donated to units around the country”.
The pouches are given to women when they arrive at the clinics before they start chemotherapy. They go to the clinic with their family to learn about the treatment and what it entails, it is at this point that they are given the pouches.
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