What You Should Know about Cancer When You’re Alone
Ever since I felt strong enough to move on with my life, I have wanted to help other women going through cancer, like me, alone. Alone doesn’t necessarily mean you are single and no friends, it can mean you live in an isolated rural city, or you could live in an urban high-rise and have kept to yourself over the years. either way, once you have cancer and realize you have to start having many doctor appointments, treatment, errands to the pharmacy, grocery shopping, all while trying to keep your own life in order with maintaining an income and paying your bills. Life is challenging enough day to day, never mind being faced what feels like a life threatening illness. Note I said, feels like. It is all in your persectiv. by starting with a positive attitude or an attitude of courage, you will have hurdled over one of the biggest blocks you;ll have.
there are lots of resources to help you.. here are some of the resources that I can recall today that were helpful.
Cancer Support Community is national; however, they are not in all regions. https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/. Even if they are not close to you, you can call them as a resource to brainstorm on what may be available. Call them at 1-888-793-9355. The Cancer Support Helpline is open Mon–Fri 9am – 9pm ET.
Hope Lodge. Wow, what a blessing for me. They are a housing facility next to or within close proximity to hospitals. I stayed at the one in Phoenix, next to the Mayo Hospital. THis facility was absolutely gorgeous. You have a private room with two beds, one for your caretaker, and one for you, private bath, shared kitchen and living room area. The facility is funded by the American Cancer Society, so the fee will be subsidized by the ACS. THey do require you have a “caretaker”. I posted on Facebook for friends to stay with me. I ended up offering a nominal pay when needed. I was there for six months, so I ran out of resources to be a caretaker.
St. Mary’s Food Bank. No explanation needed. You need food, too tired to grocery shop or even think about it, Mt Mary’s Food Bank has weekly pick up times for food. The one I visited was aware of my dietary needs and customized my weekly groceries with the freshest and organic variety of foods.
Need help cleaning your house. Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit cleaning service that will clean your home for free. http://www.cleaningforareason.com.
These are just a few ideas. Being open to people who offer to help you was a divine intervention. I was amazed when I let go and accepted the help of others, how the journey was endured despite my independent ways.
I’m not particularly a religious person, even though, sometimes I’m drawn to messages of faith. One stands out to me tonight as I share this blog with you.
Last night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
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