You could say I’ve been around the block many times over throughout my cancer journey. In April 2002, when I was first diagnosed with stage II breast cancer, one of the first things I did was to seek resources to help. I visited the Cancer Support Community in our area, participated in the Look Good Feel Better program, and discovered and soon became very involved with the Pink Ribbon Girls. When I was diagnosed again with stage IV breast cancer in 2008, I learned about even more resources and tips to make the journey easier started sharing them on this blog.
Maybe it’s my journalism background or my love of searching for things – be it sea shells, fossils or words in word search puzzle — but over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of information. ranging from cancer freebies to tips for getting rid of mouth sores. It has taken time, though, and I’ve wished there was an easier, faster way to find it.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation is answering this need by creating Cancer Hacks, an interactive engagement website that is comprised of “hacks” – or tips and solutions – submitted by people around the world who have their own “daily cures” for conquering cancer challenges. Examples of the solutions included in Cancer Hacks are: Track your mileage to and from treatments to get a tax rebate; create a private Twitter account for friends and family to follow your quick updates instead of worrying about long emails; cure stuffy noses from swollen blood vessels with an ice cube pressed against the roof of your mouth; and how to make contrast solution go down easier.
When I got on the colorful, fun-looking site, my attention went to a particular hack, titled “Who Says There’s No Free Lunch?” It talked about a great site called Breast Cancer Freebies that provides information about all kinds of free items, services, retreats, financial assistance … even college scholarships. A while back I put together a guide called “Free Stuff for Cancer Survivors.” This site would have come in handy then, and I will use it when people come to me with questions in the future.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people affected by cancer cope with the practical challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis – whether you are the person diagnosed or a family member, friend, caregiver or health care professional of someone diagnosed. For more information, visit www.livestrong.org.
I will be taking a break next week for the holidays, so I won’t be posting. Wishing a Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate and a Happy New Year!