12/17/2013 10:32 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Throw A 'Healing Shower' For Your Loved One With Cancer (VIDEO)

When Eloise Laws was diagnosed with breast cancer, her friends and family took a novel approach to move along her recovery -- they threw her a "healing shower."

The experience was so uplifting to Laws that she wrote a book about it, called "The Healing Shower." She joined HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd to discuss the idea behind the shower, which involves loved ones pledging to take over certain responsibilities for someone who is fighting a life-changing ailment.

"The shower will be given by someone who will support you and surround you with love, and will help you to get through this illness," she said. This could include services such as "sorting out your mail in case you're in the hospital and you're incapable of taking care of affairs at home, so that things will continue to be run as though you were there taking care of them."

Laws said the battle for her health was made much brighter because friends committed to do things like administer her medication and take her to and from hospital visits. Today, she's a breast cancer survivor.

See the full conversation about throwing a healing shower for a recently diagnosed loved one at HuffPost Live HERE.



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