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Caregivers play an important role too!
The struggle is not just for the patient, because spouses, family, and other caregivers are also along for the journey. They will often face significant challenges as well, as a person who was previously warm and friendly can be transformed by the disease into someone who is withdrawn, moody, and easily irritated. Caregivers need to find a way to sustain themselves and keep their spirits up, or they won’t be able to help the patient. There are support groups for caregivers as well, so seek one out if you are struggling in this role.
Resources for Those Having a Mental Health Crisis
Counseling and support groups. Licensed psychologists on staff available for free counseling sessions.
Cancer Support Community - www.cancersupportcommunity.org (888) 793-9355
The organization offers quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone.
Imerman Angels (One-on-One Cancer Support) - www.imermanangels.org (877) 274-5529
Provides comfort and understanding for those with cancer, along with their caregivers through a personalized, one-on-one connection with someone who has been there before.
NoStigmas - www.nostigmas.org (888) 816-6403
Peer-to-peer connections to promote mental wellness and suicide prevention.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline - www.thehotline.org (800) 799-7233
Has highly-trained advocates available 24/7 to talk confidentially with those experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources, or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Helpline Lifeline Crisis Chat - http://chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx
Suicide Crisis Text Line Text - send HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
Jeff Johnson’s The Top 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Having Cancer
Cancer Patients Face Identity Changes Through Diagnosis, Treatment
I’m Not The Perfect Cancer Survivor. But I’ve Learned to Live With That.
The Myth of Perfectionism
What Not to Say to a Cancer Patient
What Do You Call Yourself? Warrior, Fighter, Patient, Victim?
Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient
A Survivor’s Guide to Speaking with Cancer Patients
The Good That Can Come When We Stop Seeing Cancer as a Battle to Win or Lose
What Cancer Takes Away: When I Got Sick, I Warned My Friends: Don’t Try To Make Me Stop Thinking About Death.
Here’s an interesting article about the problem of crowdfunding care for unproven medical treatments
And here are a couple of pieces I’ve written for cancer patients based on my own experience:
Advice for Head and Neck Cancer Patients During COVID-19 May 6, 2020
Interview with NOMAN is an Island, an organization that promotes the HPV vaccine May 21, 2020
What happens when the cancer researcher gets cancer? Stewart’s story and why there is hope on the horizon. June 5, 2020
A cancer patient’s thoughts on HPV vaccination July 1, 2020
Just to be clear: I am NOT a doctor. The information contained in this website is NOT intended as a recommendation for the self management of health problems, medical conditions, or wellness. It is not intended to endorse or recommend any particular type of medical treatment, physician, or treatment facility. Should any reader have any health care related questions, I strongly suggest you call or consult your physician or healthcare provider before looking into other things on the internet. The information contained in this website should NOT be used by any reader to disregard medical and/or health related advice or provide a basis to delay consultation with a physician or a qualified healthcare provider. HPV Cancer Resources disclaims any liability based on information provided in this website.