Make Me Stronger

A call to action. A cry for help. An opportunity for you to realize your power to give strength to someone affected by a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma). Get involved. Make someone stronger.

Caroline, Oncology Social Worker

My name is Caroline and I am an oncology social worker at the national non-profit organization, CancerCare. I have worked at this organization for the past four years, initially finding my way to the job after experiencing my own personal losses from this disease. During my time at CancerCare, I have been privileged to bear witness to the journeys of my clients, to support and assist them, and learn from them in turn. These chances to channel my own experience in such meaningful ways #makemestronger.

CancerCare is a national non-profit organization that provides free, supportive services to people whose lives are affected by cancer – including patients, loved ones, survivors, and the bereaved. As many as one in three American adults are diagnosed with this disease in the course of their lives. It is an illness that touches all of us and spans economic, racial, and cultural divides.

At CancerCare, we try to meet the varied needs of our clients by providing short-term counseling to offer a safe space for folks to discuss how this illness is impacting them; to offer psychosocial support and information; referrals to needed resources; and limited financial assistance to offset the cost of travel, medication and treatment expenses. We offer professionally-moderated support groups where clients can connect with peers in similar circumstances for shared understanding and information. We publish booklets and fact sheets on common issues like managing treatment side effects and improving communication with the medical team. We provide access to hour-long lectures by experts in the oncology field on a number of topics like emerging research and latest treatment advances.

All of CancerCare’s services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are free-of-charge. Patients and loved ones: we provide individual counseling, support groups, referrals, and education. To learn more about these services, please contact CancerCare’s Hopeline at 1-800-813-4673, visit our website at www.cancercare.org, or contact us via email at info@cancercare.org.

Potential financial donors: you are invited to support us at https://community.cancercare.org/donate.

 

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