Thursday, September 22, 2011

FAQ - Part III (with David Haas)

Anatomy of  deliciousness....
I made a pledge when I was diagnosed with cancer that I was going to try everything at least once.

For example, I never gave Chicago Style Hot Dogs a chance due to the raw onions of all things.  If you lived in Los Angeles this might be fine, but I've spent my whole life living in the Chicago area!!!  Let me tell you that the combination of mustard, raw onion, relish, tomatoes, pickle spear, and celery salt (tried peppers, not a fan) on a poppy seed bun is LIFE CHANGING...  I implore you to try one as soon as possible.

In the spirit of trying everything at least once I am welcoming David Haas of "Haas Blaag" to Lift Living to give some perspective on the world of cancer support.

One thing I learned from cancer is that there are a ton of us out there all willing to lend a hand to help each other through our journeys.

David is another one of those kind souls and will help answer the next FAQ in my series.

5.)  What kind of cancer support networks are available to those impacted by a cancer diagnosis?
By: David Haas

A cancer diagnosis can be very overwhelming and upsetting, and sometimes the best option is to get in touch with somebody who has experienced the same things that you are going through. While support from family and friends is vital, the people that you can connect with through support groups can offer insight, advice, encouragement, and care that others that have not been through it may not be capable of.

The support options for cancer patients are as broad as the types of cancer diagnoses. Whether you have
breast cancer, prostate cancer, mesothelioma, leukemia, or any other type of cancer, there are programs
and groups available to help you cope, lend a listening ear, offer suggestions, and lift your spirits.

Whether you prefer online group interaction, or would rather meet face to face with people in similar situations, there are support networks and programs available to suit your needs.  A great resource for finding these types of groups is found on the American Cancer Society's website, which includes links to survivor's networks, support groups, and cancer education classes offered both in person and online.

Some of the things that support programs and networks can assist with include answering questions you might have about treatments, offering you an outlet to share your feelings and concerns, helping you find additional sources of support and education, and sharing personal experiences. Regardless of where you
are in your journey, seeking assistance through support networks and groups can prove to be an extremely valuable resource through all aspects of the treatment and healing process.

While the battle with cancer can be a long and arduous journey, it absolutely is not a road that must be
traveled alone.  Knowledge is power, and sometimes just knowing what to expect, or having someone validate the feelings and emotions you are having is just what you might need to pick yourself up, move forward optimistically, and fight your disease with courage and hope.

[Roger here...  personal plug for Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support  Thanks for the GREAT content David!]

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