Did you know that, according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 37 to 39% of all Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives? Whether you or a loved one are struggling with cancer, the damages cancer incurs to one’s physical self can be just as difficult to deal with as the emotional effects. While it can be easy to feel isolated and alone on this journey, there is a support system and resources out there available to you. The Cancer Support Community is a national organization that provides FREE support and education catered towards cancer patients, their families, and caregivers no matter where they are in the journey.
In this episode, Kirsten welcomes a special guest, Margaret Stauffer, Chief Mission Officer for Cancer Support Community of the local Walnut Creek chapter. We hope you will tune in to hear Kirsten and Margaret dive into the amazing programs provided by this organization, including how to access these services and how you, as a community member, can get involved too. We LOVE sharing information about good people and great organizations changing lives, and this episode is no exception!
Big Three from Episode #072:
- You and your loved ones are not alone in this journey. Cancer Support Community provides a variety of resources nearly six days a week, ranging from educational webinars to fun lifestyle events.
- It’s important to remember that it’s not all about cancer. Patients and family members need to have fun too.
- This organization and community recognize that the cancer journey isn’t just emotionally and financially stressful, but financially too. It’s important to know that ALL programs are FREE.
Time-stamped Show Notes:
3:40 – It can often feel hopeless and out of control when you or a loved one is affected by cancer. Listen right now to learn more about the community that understands your issues!
5:54 – Whether you are a caregiver or dealing with cancer directly, there are a variety of support groups and programs available for you. Start listening now to learn more about what programs best match your needs.
6:32 – No member in your family should ever feel alone when a loved one is affected by cancer. The Cancers Support Community offers support groups for EVERYONE to get the specific individual support that YOU need. Yes, this includes your children and grandchildren as well!
9:27 – Are you anxiously googling treatment options for a specific type of cancer group? Margaret discusses more about support group availability and how they can be tailored to specific needs.
9:46 – With cancer treatments in constant evolution, it’s can be hard to keep up with the next steps. Kirsten and Margaret discuss FREE educational solutions offered by Cancer Support Community.
12:28 – Are you worried about your health and longevity? Let’s take one weight off your shoulder. Visit Margaret’s website www.cancersupport.net to access a variety of support groups, educational classes, and lifestyle classes NOW!
13:35 – It’s not all about cancer. Margaret and her team are here to remind families and those on this journey to have fun! Laughter can be healing too!
16:14 – Even with insurance coverage, struggling with cancer still presents many financial challenges. Don’t worry. The services at the Cancer Support Community are entirely FREE!
16:54 How does someone become involved in this community? Just go to www.cancersupport.net, fill out the new member form, and BAM—all the resources you need at your fingertips! Listen here for more details.
18:25 – The best part? Anyone can find support no matter where they are.
21:27 – Margaret talks more about how the Cancer Support Community supports family members of cancer patients.
22:50 – If you appreciate the services offered by the Cancer Support Community as much as we do and want to know how you can help out, there are many volunteer options within the organization! Visit www.cancersupport.net to apply now!
23:25 – Do members who are in remission continue to seek support?
24:45 – Even after beating cancer, Margaret explains how the fear of recurrence never really goes away and how the Cancer Support Community addresses that issue.
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