We hear from so many about the programs, services and counselors that have made a world of difference during one of the most trying times of their lives. In the coming weeks, with the celebrating of holidays and looking forward to 2017, we want to continue sharing the positive impact you’ve made through those who can tell it best – the patients, survivors, families and caregivers who have benefitted from your generosity.
"My eldest brother was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013. At the time, he was married with four young children and another on the way. I'm so grateful he and his family survived those challenging times. My father (Photo above: Dad and I during our father-daughter dance at my 2002 wedding) on the other hand, passed away in January 2015 after being a three-time cancer survivor.
As a caregiver to my father and actively helping my brother and his family during his cancer treatments, these events were so stressful for me. I was extremely close to my father and my brother. I know I could not have coped and survived with any sense of reason or hope through these times without the CSC’s Helpline support. All the wonderful people on the Helpline were so compassionate, patient and kind. They truly make a difference in someone's life when grief and stress are so overwhelming and debilitating.
The services they provide are as important as services provided by hospitals, doctors and nurses. They positively affect one's quality of life with their tremendous support. The way they listened to me patiently without judgment, consoling my oceans of tears, gently offering a supportive ear and tender advice, and understanding the enormous stressors on caregivers, is a service that is priceless. The Cancer Support Helpline was truly a LIFELINE for me.
I am so grateful for the support they provided me, and I know this could not have been possible without donations from kind hearts that support the ongoing work of the CSC. As you consider your year-end donation, I ask that you please be generous – there are so many others who need their help, and it’s your support that enables the Cancer Support Community to offer this service and many others, completely free of charge. Please know that your generosity makes a positive impact in the lives of those affected by cancer. I know it has truly changed my life for the better."
"I didn't get involved with cancer - it got involved with me. I was living my life. The diagnosis almost took me down. I almost went over the deep end. The emotional support I got from the Cancer Support Community allowed me to draw positive energy from people who were going through what I was going through, and am still going through. It become a safe haven for me, a place filled with kindred spirits. I can't see how I could help someone else if I couldn't find the strength to help myself."
Kelly has become a part of our larger movement by participating in our Cancer Experience Registry. The primary focus of the Cancer Experience Registry is on collecting, analyzing and sharing information about the experience and needs of patients and their families through the cancer journey. By having people like Kelly share their experiences, we can better identify and advance the understanding of the emotional and social needs of people who have been impacted by cancer.
"My hope is to help other cancer patients that are struggling with not knowing if there are options. The fact is there are options and your doctor may or may not be educated about those options. There are tons of clinical trials out there and by the grace of god I'm still here because of clinical trials. You need to educate yourself, advocate for yourself, and get second opinions."
In 2015, the Cancer Support Community began an initiative to bring fresh ideas, new language and new approaches to increasing participation in cancer clinical trials by providing a range of resources that speak to a diverse population of cancer patients, caregivers and their health care team in a changing environment. Our Frankly Speaking About Cancer Clinical Trials program was even referenced in Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot Task Force report to President Barack Obama.
"As a two-time cancer survivor, I enjoy working as an advocate in any way possible to bring awareness and comfort to anyone affected by this disease. The Cancer Support Community give survivors a chance to tell their stories in their own words. By allowing us to speak out, it gives us a great sense of empowerment and control that we have a voice in our care and in policies that could effect our treatment. Everyone I have met through Cancer Support Community has been so wonderful and committed to making sure no one faces cancer alone! They truly see their work as a calling. I love this organization!"