• what have people done to help you get through the hardship of living with cancer?

    Asked by JoLoaretti on Thursday, October 11, 2012

    what have people done to help you get through the hardship of living with cancer?

    what has been the most helpful? what has lifted you up, when you were at the bottom? what would be helpful for our friends & family to know to be able to help us during our struggle? we have had meals prepared, people watching our kid for us, my friends have been giving me thier Khols cash, just so I can remember what is is like to wear something new, the hugs & facebook check ins, the gas cards & rides when we need them, the love & support I have learned how to say YES to, Thank goodness, I wouldnot have survived without it

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    • still_fighting's Avatar

      For me I didn't realize how many people helped/help me deal. My boys help me walk sometimes, or carry my purse (at the risk of being made fun of lol) they reach and pick up things I couldn't. My little sister and her family take really good care of us and the help from American
      Cancer Society with rides to and from the cancer center, the Leukemia Society helped financially with reimbursement of some of my travel costs and my doctors and nurses pointed me in the right direction when I needed information or a place to go to ask questions. I have 5 brothers and not all of them 'acknowledge' my leukemia and have pretty much told me that they have a really hard time dealing with it but I can understand and its ok. I'd rather be treated like nothing is wrong than to have them look at me as though I was a leper or something. I go about my life with leukemia in the background but I don't let it rule me. For so long I let it control me and where and how I went about my daily life and I'm sorry I let it take so much of my time. But now that I'm more aware how important just living every day the best that I can is, it brings a certain amount of peace to me. God bless you and everyone in your support group.

      over 9 years ago
    • prettyinpurple's Avatar

      Probably the most helpful through the absolute worst of it, as in the initial chemotherapy treatment and long stay in the hospital, was the prayer support from my friends, family and church family, because when I was too sick or depressed to pray for myself they stepped in and prayed me through it. My church also had a breakfast fundraiser for us to help us with our long-term medical bills, as I was scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant following the initial chemo, which helped tremendously, because I still haven't been able to go back to work. Also during the initial time I was in the hospital it was the meals people made, the gas cards they gave so my husband could drive downtown every day to see me, and the help cleaning the house and taking care of my dog that mean so much to me. After the transplant it was just the continuing prayer support and my friends being willing to drive me downtown for doctor's appointments, and take me out for lunch and spend time with me that made such a difference, because it was still rough for the year following the transplant while being on all the medication, etc. I can't thank God enough for all the people he put in my life to help me through this!

      over 9 years ago
    • Taagbu's Avatar

      I have a great support group of family, friends and co-workers. Over the summer when I had to have treatment every week my sister-in-law got together a schedule for other to take me. I called them my "Cancierge" (after the Big C show). I was told all I needed to do was kick cancer's butt and they would figure out the rest. It has really help take the burden off my husband, who thinks he has to do Everything for me. I am never without many genuine offers to take me to doctor visits or treatment.
      At work my co-workers have showered me with food and cash to help with gas and parking costs. I couldn't ask for a more supportive group! I am so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

      over 9 years ago

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