The Loved Ones section helps to answer the question “What can I do to help?” This section provides links to resources that assist caregivers and guide loved ones. It also provides ideas for gifts and suggestions on ways to help and support cancer patients. Dealing with cancer is difficult enough, no one should have to do it alone. This section will help you help your loved ones.
Caregiver.com provides information, support and guidance for family and
professional caregivers. They offer a bi-monthly publication entitled Today’s
Caregiver magazine. On their site you can find topic specific newsletters, online
discussion lists, back issue articles of Today’s Caregiver magazine, chat rooms
and an online store.
Caregiver.org is the online home of the Family Caregiver Alliance, a public voice
for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges you face, offering you the
assistance you so desperately need and deserve, and championing your cause
through education, services, research and advocacy.
Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope with Cancer in the
Family is a customizable book to use for talking with children ages 2-6 years old
when a parent or grandparent has cancer. It addresses all stages of the cancer
journey including diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, recurrence and end of life.
All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The Gathering Place, a non-profit
cancer support center providing free programs and services to individuals and
CancerBeGlammed.com believes that cancer can be survived in comfort and
style, and that wearing and using fashionable, comfortable and soothing products
during treatment and recovery can have significant, positive impact on a woman’s
mental and physical outlook. Their web site is an online shopping resource,
connecting women to stylish items from post-operative necessities, to fashion
finds, pampering products, unique gifts and more.
GiveForward.com empowers friends and family to send love and financial support
to patients as they navigate a medical crisis. Create a page today to spread hope
and contribute to a loved one’s out-of-pocket medical expenses.
ChemoAngels.net helps support and encourage cancer patients undergoing
chemotherapy through cards, cheerful notes, and occasional small inexpensive
gifts sent from Angel Volunteers. You can register as a patient on their website to
receive support from a “Chemo Angel” and “Card Angel” or you can volunteer to
become an Angel for someone else. The site also provides helpful information
and cancer resources.
– purchase a one year subscription to Netflix for your loved one
– purchase a subscription to a magazine of interest
– provide or pay for periodic maid services
– provide or pay for periodic lawn care
– offer babysitting, playdates or sleepovers for your loved one’s children
– purchase a gift certificate for a spa day or massage
– provide periodic home cooked meals
– get a group together and pick a household bill to pay for each month
– offer company, conversation and support