We're all grown-ups here, so let's get real: Cancer happens. Illness happens. And life ain't always fair. 

If it's happened to someone you know, then you're aware of that sinking-pit feeling you get in your stomach when you try to think of what the hell to say(Truth: You'll probably screw it up.)

But now the brilliant illustrator (and cancer survivor) Emily McDowell has created a new line of empathy cards designed to take the pressure off struggling well-wishers. They say the exact (hilarious) things a serious-illness patient wants to hear.

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Chemo Wrecks Your Taste Buds

Take it from a cancer-surviving PureWow editor, too: Everything tastes like dirt--and that's entirely OK to make fun of.

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Trashy TV Cures All

And being a cuddle buddy is the perfect gift.

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Don’t Be Overly Positive

"This sucks." That's always the right thing to say.

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And Don’t Be Overly Dramatic

Just...shhh...that story is not going to turn out how you mean it.

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Just Be Honest

It's also OK to admit you're at a loss for words (or that you got so weirded out you bailed entirely). Your friend is pretty weirded out, too.

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And Just Be Funny

Life is insane. No one will get that more than them. So when in doubt, buy silly cards. (And go binge Empire on their couch.)

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