Six Ways to Help Someone Who Has Cancer
Are you or a loved one struggling with a cancer diagnosis? Is your heart breaking for a friend or neighbor who is struggling through awful side effects from treatments, fear of an unknown future, and financial stress from co-pays and hospital visits? Tell them to check out these six ways to get help!
Recently I saw a post about a beautiful young woman, along with a message asking for prayers. This young wife is pregnant for the first time. But instead of being able to simply bask in the miracle of the child growing inside of her, she has been diagnosed with Leukemia.
I reached out to this woman just to tell her she is in my prayers, and then asked if she had the help and support she needed. That's when I learned that she could, in fact, use some help.
So I reached out to our friends at the American Cancer Society to find out how they could help, and I realized this would be worth sharing with everyone!
So here are some of the American Cancer Society's programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need.
Best of all, this is all FREE.
1. Road to Recovery (Free rides to treatment). Every day, cancer patients need rides to treatment. Some may not be able to drive themselves, and family and friends can't always help. This program provides rides to patients who have no way to get to their cancer treatments.
2. Look Good Feel Better (Free makeup, help with appearance-related side effects of treatment). In a 'Look Good Feel Better' session, trained volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry.
3. Patient Lodging Programs (Free lodging). Getting the best care sometimes means cancer patients must travel away from home. This can place an extra emotional and financial burden on patients and caregivers during an already challenging time. The American Cancer Society tries to make this difficult situation easier for both cancer patients and their families through Hope Lodge and their Guest Room Program.
4. tlc: Hair Loss and Mastectomy Products (Free wigs and hairpieces). tlc is the American Cancer Society's catalog and website for women coping with the appearance-related effects of cancer. It offers helpful information and affordable products, including wigs, hairpieces, breast forms, mastectomy bras, hats, turbans, mastectomy swimwear, and accessories. All proceeds from product sales are reinvested into the American Cancer Society's programs and services for patients and survivors.
5. Reach To Recovery (Breast Cancer Support). If you have breast cancer, you may want to talk to someone who knows what you're feeling. Someone who has 'been there.' Through this program, you will be matched with a volunteer who will talk with you about coping with your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
6. Patient Navigator Program (Personal cancer guide). The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program connects you with a patient navigator at a cancer treatment center. You can talk one-on-one with a patient navigator about your situation. This person will listen in your time of need.
For more information on anything concerning help for a loved one with cancer, CLICK HERE. Or call 1-800-227-2345.
This info was provided by Desiree Berenguer Carton, American Cancer Society, Inc., Rt. 34 in Manasquan. Desiree has been a big help to our morning show and our community when it comes to spreading the word on supporting cancer patients, remembering loved ones lost, getting people to learn about ways to prevent cancer, early detection screenings, and fundraising for research to find a cure!