If you or your loved one is battling cancer, then you know about the stresses that come along with the heartache, pain, financial burdens and life changes that you experience everyday as a result of the disease. There are many needs of the cancer patient and caregiver in any stage of the disease.
Financial and Emotional Support
If you are looking for different kinds of financial and emotional support than we offer, we would like to suggest a few resources that we hope can be of help:
Connect IE - Database of local and national aid
Needymeds - need help paying for medication?
Cancer Care Foundation - Offers limited financial assistance for cancer related costs
Cancer Financial Assistance - Coalition provides a database of financial resources for cancer patients
Grief.com - Offers support and resources for those grieving
We publish our own guide of financial support services for cancer patients. This resource guide is specifically for cancer patients and caregivers because both parties are deeply involved in the emotional and financial aspects of cancer. Request a Resource Booklet.
Talking to your child about your cancer
One of the most difficult things about being diagnosed with cancer as a parent of young children can be telling them about it. We highly recommend the book “Helping your children cope with your cancer, a guide for parents and families” by Peter Van Dernoot.
There are some topics, like death or cancer, that can be difficult for grownups to have a handle on, let alone explain to a small child. Books can be an amazing tool for communicating about these issues in a straightforward but age-appropriate manner. The following list features a few of our favorite books that can help grownups talk to children about these subjects.
Great books to share with your child when you are diagnosed with cancer for them to read include:
- The Great Katie Kate tackles questions about cancer By M. Maitland DeLand MD
- Nowhere hair by Sue Glader
- You are the best medicine by Julie Aigner Clarke
- Great books about loss for children include:
- The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
- The Memory Box: a book about grief By Joanna Rowland
- Ida, Always by Caron Levis
- Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck Deklyen