The CEO of the Cancer Support Community, Kim Thiboldeaux, also hosts a radio show every Tuesday at 4pm on cancer-related topics. You can tune in every week as well as access replays of past topics. Recently, Kim hosted a show entitled Spotlight on Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered that’s very timely and informative.
With the Nation sheltering in place, people who are impacted by cancer may feel very alone. We can’t gather together and connect. However, the Cancer Support Community can help, even if we can’t have group meetings right now.
Today’s reality is daunting–especially for those who are currently or have faced cancer. Social distancing makes it hard to connect with people, and with the added stress of a weakened immune system…it’s hard to find a place where you can get support, hear a friendly voice, or just be with others.Here are some options that can help you connect with others.
Online Support: My Life Line
One option is My Life Line which is set up so you can find cancer support online through the Cancer Support Community.Your private friends and family sites feature:
My Updates – Interactive blog to document your journey, update family and friends, and where your guests can send personalized messages of love, wisdom, and support.
Helping Calendar – The place where friends and family can find out about your treatment schedule and how to help you.
Inspirational Photo Gallery – The place where your personal photos will inspire you and others.The discussion boards feature:- The exchange of information, opinions, and stories with others impacted by cancer- Moderated by a licensed professional. These resources are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Phone Support: Cancer Support Helpline
Another choice is the Cancer Support Helpline. The Cancer Support Community’s TOLL-FREE Cancer Support Helpline is for anyone affected by cancer. Call 1-888-793-9355 Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET Sat. – Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
The Cancer Support Helpline is staffed by counselors and resource specialists who have over 170 years of combined experience helping people affected by cancer. They are available to provide emotional support as well as information and referral to local, regional and national resources to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. All of their services are provided to you in English and Spanish.
We hope this helps you find the help you need through trying times! Pat
Over thirty years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was fortunate that I discovered it at an early stage, but it was still a very difficult experience. When I was 16, I watched my father die from cancer. I still remember the sound of the floorboards creaking at night because he was in too much pain to sleep. I was terrified that I would be in the same situation.
I kept thinking that there must be a way to help people through this experience, but there were no suitable support groups where I was living at the time. Years later when I was living in Madison, Wisconsin a friend who had recently gone through cancer told me about visiting a Gilda’s Club in another city. When she told me what it was like, I knew that was the answer! We formed the founding group and started Gilda’s Club Madison. (That’s their clubhouse in the picture.)
When I moved to Laconia, New Hampshire, I was dismayed to find not only a lack of a Club here in the Lakes Region, but in the whole of New England. I wanted to start another Gilda’s Club here, but I was concerned that the community is too small to fund it.
When Gilda’s Club Madison had their 10th year anniversary, I went back for the celebration. All day people I didn’t even know kept thanking me for starting that club because it did so much for them and their families. The Club brings smiles to the faces of people who are touched by cancer. It brings a place of comfort, support, education and relaxation outside of a hospital or clinical environment. It’s a haven for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
On the plane ride home I couldn’t stop thinking that we have to find a way to make it happen in New Hampshire. I’m so lucky to have found other people who agree and are working with me to make this dream a reality.
Won’t you join us? Tell us why you would like to have a Gilda’s Club in Central New Hampshire! Pat