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A diagnosis of childhood cancer can turn a family’s life upside down.
But relatives, friends, coworkers, and community members can serve as a port during this storm.
Sometimes figuring out what you need and how to organize offers of help can seem a little overwhelming.
Consider these ideas:
A friend or family member can serve as a point person. You will have one less thing to manage. The coordinator should be:
The coordinator can also screen visitors to know if it’s a good time to stop by. People’s intentions are good. But there can be so many people coming in and out, especially during the first weeks. It can be overwhelming.
You may need assistance at different stages throughout your journey.
Talk with others who have been through similar experiences. They can help you anticipate specific needs.
These may include:
As people learn about your child's illness, some may offer help. Keep a list. Even if you do not have a specific need at that moment, you can reach out later.
Put together a list of the people who have already offered their help and others who can be asked. Match them with your needs.
It can help to think of people in different areas of life:
A personal health journal. It helps patients communicate with friends and family, receive support, and coordinate tasks.
A care calendar website. It provides a way to organize meals and other help.
An online tool for coordinating the delivery of meals to loved ones. It allows meal providers to sign up for day(s) to deliver food.
A virtual tool for coordinating the delivery of meals to family and friends. This service allows meal providers to sign up for day(s) to deliver food.
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Reviewed: September 2019