Imagine your doctor saying the words, “you have cancer”. Are the thoughts swirling through your head faster than you can single them out? Are you feeling overwhelmed with this news? Now your doctor starts to talk to you about a treatment plan. There are tests to be run, new specialists to be added to the equation and all must start immediately!! You may find yourself wondering if you have just been handed a death sentence, what does an oncologist do, why radiation, will chemo make me lose my hair, what is chemo, do I need surgery, are there resources available to me, will I still be able to work?
Out the door you go to discover answers on your own. Returning home, you may feel sick, exhausted, confused and out of control. Where do you start? Maneuvering through the journey for you, a new patient, can be daunting at best and simply overwhelming and exhausting at its worst. You’d like to talk with someone who is a cancer survivor and can offer you understanding, information, and above all else, hope. Cancer Survivors Circle of Strength’s new peer support program is designed for that purpose.
We are asking for your help as Cancer Survivors Circle of Strength develops and implements the “Survivor Connection Network, a Peer Support program. The “Survivor Connection Network” will connect trained volunteer peers with newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. We will help guide new patients and their caregivers through the cancer journey, empower them through their own discoveries and be a friendly voice on the other end of a phone call just to listen. We want to be there!
With your help, we can! We can raise $12,000 to develop and implement the “Survivor Connection Network”. Your gift will stay in our community, and help us reach our goal of connecting 50 to 60 new patient/caregivers with peer support volunteers.