Build a Support Team

After a cancer diagnosis, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. You have to learn a whole new language, the language of cancer. Additionally, depending on your treatment plan, you may need help with many different tasks. Just communicating with your friends and family can feel like too much.

There are many resources that can help, including free web sites that help organize tasks for you and care givers, easily communicate with people.

Some things you may need help with:

  • Rides to appointments
  • Meals
  • Yardwork
  • Drop in visits
  • Housework
  • Pet care
  • Keep track and calendar who has volunteered to help with what
  • Sharing news and updates

Three of the most popular web sites are:

Share the Care

For some people, additional personal support is more helpful.  A Cancer Lifeline counseler can assist you in organizing your network of family and friends into a supportive care team.  A Share The Care Team allows  friends and family to provide care without getting burned out or overwhelmed and relieves the patient/family from having to ask for the help they need.  A Cancer Lifeline facilitator will conduct an organizational meeting with your friends and family to set up your Share The Care Team.