As part of its Speaking Out video series, CURE spoke with Sarah Miretti Cassidy, from Cancer Hope Network, about seeking support for patients who may be nearing end of life, as well as support for family and friends after a loved one has passed.
While initial training starts the Support Volunteer journey, continuing education plays a key role in providing high-quality peer support for patient and caregiver clients. Our Hope Check: Volunteer Roundtables focus on critical topics and needs of the oncology community. Today, we share wisdom from a recent Rounds conversation.
“In addition to providing a relaxing escape against the backdrop of treatment anxiety and fear for the future, creating art may help you understand the myriad of emotions that can go along with a diagnosis of cancer. Emotions that are often difficult to express in words.” - Lynne Eldridge, MD
In 1980, there were no social service agencies or nonprofits providing one-on-one peer support for cancer patients. Since those early days, the organization has provided support for more than 50,000 patients, caregivers, and survivors in search of hope.
Cancer caregivers can already feel isolated and lonely, and with the COVID-19 Pandemic forcing people to stay home it can get worse. But good communication can help create a sense of community and allow caregivers to feel less lonely.