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    Jackie asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Is there an organization (like Meals on Wheels) that delivers meals/food specifically to cancer patients and/or their families?

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      GregP_WN

      The resources link at the top of the page will bring back some resources links for services in your area by zip code. Click that and see what you get, you can call the American Cancer Society 800#listed in that link and they will look up what they have in your area, if anything.

      Nancy's suggestion is a good one too, google it with your zip.

      almost 4 years ago
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      gwendolyn

      http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com is a website where the patient or caregiver (or someone acting on their behalf) can set up needs/requests and invite people they know to view and sign up to fulfill the patient's family's requests. This may not be what you had in mind but it's a good solution if you have a lot of people asking "What can I do?" My family had homemade meals delivered to us three nights a week for many months using this website.

      almost 4 years ago
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      Julie99

      If you have a social worker at your cancer center, they can also refer you to different options available in your area. My social worker applied for the Ellie Fund in Mass. I will get 8 meals (2-3 servings each meal) delivered for free in Feb and March, along with home cleaning services for 4 visits, 3 hours each. I'm waiting to hear it they are able to provide a grocery store gift card for my 3rd option as well (a gas card is another choice).

      almost 4 years ago
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    Jackie asked a questionLeukemia

    Not sure how i feel about going to high school reunion...

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      PhillieG

      Hi Jackie,
      If I had bad relationships with many classmates I might not go but if I had healthy relationships I'd definitely go. I would think many would be very happy to see you healthy but I'd be prepared for reliving parts of the health scare.
      Good luck!
      -phil

      over 4 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Just me, but I would go to celebrate. Celebrate that you have made it through, you beat the odds, beat cancer. Your true friends will be glad to see you, glad to see that you made it through. You will be an inspiration to many people and not even know it. People will admire your determination, gritt, and the fact you are a survivor. Lot's will never tell you that they do, but others will.
      I say go, and enjoy.

      Best of luck to you!!

      over 4 years ago
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    Celebration (Finished treatment): 5+ years post bc diagnosis!

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      DaveWaz

      Congrats! That is great news!

      almost 5 years ago
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    Jackie asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Anxiety so many years post dx

    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Hi Jackie, I was 20 years out from last treatment 3 yrs ago when I found a lump in my neck. Prior to that, I didn't dwell on what it I find another one, or what if it comes back. I went about life like there was nothing wrong with me and never would be anything wrong with me again. After all, what good does worrying about it do? I have always been of the "glass have full" camp, look positive at anything in your life type of attitude. I could sit and wonder what if, and what will I do, but "it" may never happen. In the mean time I have spent days or years worrying about the what if's and just make life miserable, possibly making other health problems pop up, like ulcers, nervous or mental conditions. But this is just me, you need to find a way to relax about it, even if you have to talk to a therapist. My opinion, and thats all it is, is that we need to be positive about where we are in life, and not worry about what we can't do anything about. When My cancer returned for the 3rd time 3 years ago, there was absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent it, so worrying about it and not doing this or that wouldn't have helped a thing and maybe drove me crazy about it.
      I am from TN so cant tell you about groups in your area, but I do know that most treatment centers in all areas have support groups, give them a call, and also call the American Cancer Society's 800# and talk to someone there, they will have helpful information.
      I wish you peace of mind, good health and good holiday's.
      Greg

      almost 5 years ago
    • KarenG_WN's Avatar
      KarenG_WN

      Hi Jackie,

      I'm so sorry you're going through rough time and about your beloved dog. I have a dog and know that our pets are very much our family, too.

      Please know that you are not alone. Many people experience late onset anxiety. There was a post recently about this topic, and I thought it might be helpful to read those responses. Here is the link: http://whatnext.com/questions/late-onset-depression-and-anxiety

      I bet a lot of people will weigh in on this. Please reach out to us or any others on the network whenever you need to.
      Best,

      almost 5 years ago