Coping with a Diagnosis

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

  • Luisa L.

    “Talking through life after cancer with a group of people going through the same thing was hugely helpful. It didn’t make the problems go away, but it was a relief to know we weren’t alone in our experiences.” Read more

Brain Cancer

  • Jaeden P.

    “He’s walking, he’s talking. I still think about it and am still nervous about it. That’s my little angel. He’s a strong little boy.” Read more

Breast Cancer

  • Theodosia B.

    “When I was first diagnosed, I honestly thought that one day my cancer would go away. Now, I honestly don’t care if I ever hear the word cancer-free again. I have to live this. My advice to others is to stop reaching for a cancer-free diagnosis. Instead, how about we learn to live with this disease?” Read more
  • Susan G.

    “Be patient with people who are going through this. Don’t tell someone that what they’re feeling is all in their head. If you think your friend or family member needs to get out, but they know they’re not feeling well, don’t push it.” Read more
  • Rasheen D.

    “Money was getting tight. I applied for grants and different types of help. I found that CancerCare was just the number one resource for information and financial assistance. They understand the emotions that you’re going to go through. It’s a one-stop shop.” Read more
  • Vera S.

    “I’ve learned to be really very supportive of other people and what they’re going through. Everyone needs people to care about them, to love them, to be thinking about them and hoping that they are going to be ok. Everybody needs it. It’s really been a huge lesson for me and has made me very aware of how fragile we are.” Read more

Leukemia

  • Luisa L.

    “Talking through life after cancer with a group of people going through the same thing was hugely helpful. It didn’t make the problems go away, but it was a relief to know we weren’t alone in our experiences.” Read more
  • Ekata D.

    “When I come to CancerCare, that is my safe place to talk about anything. My social worker has been an amazing validation for me. It’s hard to figure out your emotions sometimes, but she makes me realize that it’s okay to feel the way I feel.” Read more

Lung Cancer

  • Allen M.

    “Living through much adversity can either make you bitter or more caring and empathetic. I am truly blessed because it made me a more caring and giving person. Cancer made it important for me to reach out and help others and not to dwell on myself or feel sorry for myself. It is important to me to share this with others. It may sound sappy. But it is real and very healing.” Read more
  • Arlene C.

    “I went to CancerCare and was treated royally. I was expecting the hair loss, but it was still a shock to my system.” Read more
  • Cari D.

    “The weekly lung cancer support group has become an integral part of my healing process. The friendships made are priceless, the knowledge and support shared is invaluable.” Read more
  • Phyllis D.

    “I always try to look at the glass half full and think positive thoughts each and every day.” Read more

Melanoma

  • Jonah E.

    “My relationship with my counselor is one that I value greatly, and I would certainly not be where I am today without her help.” Read more

Multiple Myeloma

  • Ann C.

    “Living with cancer is like inhabiting two worlds simultaneously. In one, I'm unchanged, the same old person with the same responses and expectations. In the other, I'm someone new, with a different perspective and a different future.” Read more

Ovarian Cancer

  • Lea C.

    “It is so helpful to have someone to talk to, someone to listen to you when you’re in that panic state.” Read more

Prostate Cancer

  • Laurence J.

    “The group as a whole has become like a unified support system where anything goes – any question, any topic, any fear. It’s about surviving our lives and it’s been very helpful.” Read more

Coping with Caregiving

  • Kathryn W.

    “Some of the most important things to keep in mind while caring for a loved one is that it’s important to listen to them and give them a safe space, but also to have them listen to you and let them take care of you a little bit sometimes.” Read more
  • Elise F.

    “I can tell my counselor how I’m feeling and what’s going through my mind. Every Friday, she calls me at 11:30, and I look forward to her calls. I get a lot off my chest.” Read more
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