Wednesday, January 25, 2012

You DO have a Voice!

In this profession I frequently work with people who express frustration over the lack of funding and programming for their specific type of cancer. Once they or their loved one are diagnosed with one of these “less supported” cancers, it becomes personal. Clients have said they feel forgotten, ignored or less important. They ask, “Where are all the walks and fundraisers for my cancer? Where is the media attention? How do we change this?”

The best answer I can offer is - ADVOCATE. Let your voice be heard! Reach out to others who share your frustration, and perhaps together you can develop a program or an event. There are many health care professionals who are here to support you, and probably a lot more survivors who share your diagnosis than you are aware of.

What has helped you when you felt that your type of cancer was under-represented?

~ Julie, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center

Friday, January 13, 2012

Estate Planning: When Procrastination Doesn't Pay

We all get busy, and we all put things off on a daily basis. Most things we put off, like grocery shopping and getting gas for our car, will not dramatically change our life if we put it off for a few days. However, I bet we’ve all been burned by putting something off that then becomes complicated to complete or too late to complete at all. Estate planning falls into this bucket. Putting off getting your plan in writing may have a major effect on the rest of your life, as well as that of your family if you keep putting it off.

Whether you are healthy or poor, young or old, estate planning does not discriminate. Everyone needs to have a written plan in place, because truthfully speaking; none of us know when we’re going to need it.

Even though putting a plan together sounds like a daunting task, there are resources available. The process is much less painful once you hear an expert discuss the details. Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center is hosting a seminar on Tuesday that can help you do just that. Join us to hear Sabrina Winters, attorney at law, PLLC, discuss what you need to do to get your affairs in order and why it’s important to do so now.

This free event takes place Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., and a light dinner will be served. Please call to register so that we have enough food to share! 704-384-5223. We promise this will be time well spent!

~ Marcia, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center