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When you are first diagnosed with cancer, you may feel isolated. Even if you’re strongly independent and believe you can look after yourself, odds are at times you’ll feel the need to connect with someone who can relate to what you’re going through. Despite the fact that you may want to face the seemingly endless chemotherapy sessions, scans, and other procedures by yourself, there may come a time when you want to join a cancer community. If so, you might begin to wonder how you ever survived treatment without one.


A cancer community may be as close as your computer. You can connect with others who know what it’s like fighting the same type of cancer you are while raising children, trying to hold down a job, or being the youngest in the infusion room. You can message as frequently as you want about your commonalities, such as being on the same targeted therapy; help others through the chemotherapy regimens you were on; or ask for navigation through the toxic side effects of the targeted therapy you now are on.


No matter how different the members of your cancer community are, you share a diagnosis and are able to help each other through it. Hopefully, everyone sharing their stories, trials, and errors helps to make others’ journeys more tolerable. There is no reason for anyone to be alone in their disease.


If you or someone you know is fighting cancer, contact Chix 4 a Cause. Learn more about our Gifts of Love program at chix4acause.org today.

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Having a mentor to support during and your journey with cancer can be invaluable. You may

substantially benefit from having the support of someone who has been through their own journey and come out on top.


A cancer mentor may meet you at your first appointment with an oncologist, sit with you during treatment, or offer to drive you to and from appointments. They know that you may be feeling tired, emotional, or ill afterward. A mentor may offer emotional support over the phone, email, or online chat. They can be a strong resource if you reach out to them.


If you are interested in obtaining a cancer mentor, talk with your local hospital or treatment center to see what they offer. Or, google support groups that offer online and national support. Be sure you ask others who are fighting cancer if they know of any resources and what helps them on their journey. A local Cancer Support Community or connections through church or synagogue may be helpful.


If you or someone you know is fighting cancer, reach out to Chix 4 a Cause for short-term financial and/or long-term emotional support. Visit chix4acause.org to learn about our Gifts of Love program today.

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When referring to cancer, it’s important you be intentional and inclusive. For instance, you may say “patient” when referring to someone in active treatment and “survivor” when someone who has been diagnosed is declared free of cancer and considers themselves as such. You also need to include the caregivers who play an active role in fighting cancer just as the person diagnosed does.


Cancer caregivers make sacrifices for the sake of their person. Caregivers may compromise on their work, miss meetings, forego their hobbies, and spend weekends caring for the patient rather than participating in other activities. Although caregivers are equally affected by cancer, they tend to remain in the background as the patient receives the majority of attention. As the patient fights for their life, the caregiver has to face the fact that the time may come when they have to live without them.


Although the patient may deal with the physical pain and misery, caregivers experience other types of pain knowing that they cannot make their person better. While the patient sleeps, is in surgery, or is on medication to ease pain and nausea, the caregiver is there to remember or write down conversations for the patient and endure long periods of solitude.


When you come across a cancer caregiver, talk with them about their experiences. Thank them for what they do. Caregivers deserve as much recognition as the patient does for what they go through.


If you or someone you know is fighting cancer, contact Chix 4 a Cause. Learn more about our Gifts of Love program at chix4acause.org today.

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