Tuesday, June 22, 2010
With any chronic illness, which is how advanced stage cancer is seen, coping with the long-term effects can be difficult not only for patients, but also for family and friends. Being proactive in one’s care and treatment is essential but can also be exhausting. Finding a support group or identifying ways to incorporate good self-care measures are just a few ways to aid in managing one’s care over the long term.
Are you or someone you love dealing with advanced stage disease? What are some tools that have helped you coped? What resources are you still looking for?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
In addition to the emotional and physical challenges of a cancer diagnosis, I often hear concerns about the financial hardship that occurs while a patient receives treatment. If your treatment prevents you from working or results in reduced or no income, how will you pay for your co-pays and medications? And with the added cost for your health care, how will you pay your rent and utilities during this time? Some patients use their savings, some borrow from family and friends, and others apply to the local and national programs that provide assistance with medications, transportation, housing and utilities. At Buddy Kemp, I help direct you to resources that may be helpful such as these agencies:
Cancer Care www.cancercare.org or 1-800-813-4673;
PAF Co-pay Relief Program www.copays.org or 1-866-512-3861,
Crisis Assistance Ministries www.crisisassistance.org or 704-371-3001.
What agencies and programs have you found helpful in your journey?