Ways to Help Wednesday

Road to Recovery

One of the biggest roadblocks to timely quality cancer treatment is the lack of transportation. Family and friends may help but over the course of several months,
they may not always have the time or resources to provide every ride. That’s why the American Cancer Society started the Road To Recovery® program. It is at the very heart of our work of removing barriers to quality health care by providing patients with transportation to treatment and other cancer-related appointments through volunteer drivers, partners, and community organizations.

If you are curious how you can get involved with this program, it’s easy to learn more.  Just click here…  https://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/road-to-recovery.html

As a cancer patient, are you wondering how you might be able to get a ride???

How does the program work?

Depending on your individual needs and what’s available in your area, we will:

  • Coordinate a ride with an American Cancer Society volunteer driver
  • Coordinate a ride with a local organization that has partnered with us to provide transportation
  • Refer you to a local resource you can contact for help

Am I eligible?

Patients must be traveling to a cancer-related medical appointment.

Other eligibility requirements may apply. For example, a caregiver may need to accompany a patient who cannot walk without help or is under age 18. Contact us to find out what is available in your area, and what the specific requirements are.

It can take several business days to coordinate your ride, so please call us at 1-800-227-2345 well in advance of your appointment date.

 

 

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How your Mission Works for you..

How does the Reach To Recovery® program support people facing breast cancer?

For more than 45 years, the American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery program has been helping people cope with their breast cancer experience – as early as the first possibility of a diagnosis and continuing for as long as breast cancer remains a personal concern to them.

Find out more here…

REACH TO RECOVERY

 

Co-Leads Go Shopping

Sandie and Leala hit the hud recently and then had fun sharing their finds in photos.  They are posted on the Strides Flickr page and I’m sure there will be more to come from other members of the committee, but here is a sneak peek.  Go to our Flickr page to find out all the details on the outfits.

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Breast Cancer Facts

Breast Cancer Early Detection and Diagnosis

Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important. Learn more about the various methods of detection:

 EARLY DETECTION 

Ways to Help Wednesday

Cancer affects both you and your loved ones. Our information for caregivers at cancer.org/caregivers helps them care for you while also remembering
their own needs and shows them how to ask for help
and support. They can also visit csn.cancer.org for caregiver forums.  In-world, caregivers are encouraged to join ACS Caregivers Network.

Have you ever wonder who exactly is a caregiver?  By knowing who a caregiver is and what they do, you will be able to think of ways to help them in their role.  Many family members may not even realize they are caregivers.  Check out the role of a caregiver, not only close by but long distance and their roles at What is a cancer caregiver on cancer.org.

If you are not a caregiver but know of one, share this information.  Volunteer to help the caregiver.  You offering to do small routine things can help a caregiver in huge ways.  For example, Volunteer to come in a couple days a week and help with the household chores.  Consider making dinner for the caregiver’s family one night.  Ask if there is anything you can pick up for them when you make your grocery run.   For long distant caregivers, be a listening ear or a fun break.  You can help just by letting them know you are there.

Spotlight Story: LyricWinterwolf Composer

Once again this year LyricWinterwolf Composer is allowing us to share her story. Lyric’s story takes you beyond the diagnosis as she shows us how she fights back against this terrible disease by offering comfort and support to others.

Included are some links to show how you can pass along Lyric’s dream of helping breast cancer patients one person at a time. Keep reading and be inspired to make a difference for someone as well!

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When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, my surgeon directed me to a local charity that supplied useful items to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

To my surprise, this organization provided me with one of their “goody bags”. This little treasure trove contained informational pamphlets, books, a day planner to help keep up with appointments and a little rectangle pillow. The curious side of me asked what the pillow was for and I was told to cushion my chest from the seat belt once I had surgery.

I thought to myself, “Wow, I never would have thought of that!”

The small pillow was appreciated greatly but unfortunately was not much help. A year or so after my mastectomy and reconstruction I ran across a “how to” video on Facebook for a post mastectomy pillow. I was fascinated.

Again my thought was “Wow…if only I had one or two of those when I had my mastectomy and what a wonderful way for me to give back to the organization that helped me!” and my Mastectomy pillow fund was off and running.

I set up a Go Fund Me, downloaded the free pattern and was off. The count so far is over 300 pillows, complete with pillow shams and an elastic strap. Donations have been received in monetary form, donated material, pillow filling and elastic. SL has provided multiple friends and family that has shipped several boxes of material that has made a lot of the donations possible.

To create your own mastectomy pillows to share with those in your local community, here is a downloadable patter and a YouTube “How To” video to get you started:

Mastectomy pillow pattern
http://sewveryeasy.com/helping-hearts-pillow.pdf

How To Sew a Mastectomy pillow video

To support Lyric’s personal mission of making and delivering Mastectomy pillows, you can donate to her project’s Go Fund Me page here:
https://www.gofundme.com/MastectomyPillows

 

Mission Information

Mission facts!!!
Early detection and improvements in treatment have helped millions of women survive breast cancer. The videos in the collection below explain breast cancer screening and genetic testing, as well as some of the potential side effects of treatment. There are also personal stories from breast cancer survivors. Every topic is covered including sexual side affects of cancer.. ACS Mission at work..We help you understand!!
Cancer videos and testimonials.