Coping with a Diagnosis

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

  • Photo of Nolan DresdenNolan D.

    “The social worker who moderates our group is great about keeping the conversation going and really pinpointing things people say that they might not realize they said.” Read more

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

  • Photo of Luisa LyonsLuisa 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

Anal Cancer

  • Photo of Ronald MorganRonald M.

    “I am fortunate that I was told to come to CancerCare and it’s been a big lift off my shoulders in terms of managing stress.” Read more

Bladder Cancer

  • Photo of Marlaine HollidayMarlaine H.

    “The staff at CancerCare is so thoughtful. I think it’s wonderful that you don’t just treat patients well – you also look out for their friends and family.” Read more
  • Photo of Ric SuarezRic S.

    “Even at the first group meeting, the members that were there made me feel very comfortable. Everyone got it.” Read more

Breast Cancer

  • Photo of Bianca IlichBianca I.

    “Thanks to my social worker at CancerCare, I believe that cancer will just be another chapter in my life, not the end of to my story.” Read more
  • Photo of Lori GarmanLori G.

    “Sparkle was my rock throughout this challenging time, and I’ll forever be grateful to have her as my best friend.” Read more
  • Photo of Seynabou BaSeynabou B.

    “Some advice I would offer others going through a similar situation is give yourself time. It’s ok to take your time to heal, both physically and mentally, from this challenging time.” Read more
  • Photo of Tamara NewbornTamara N.

    “Thanks to CancerCare, my family was able to stay afloat while I fought the hardest battle of my life.” Read more

Carcinoid Tumor

  • Photo of Greta StifelGreta S.

    ““I want to live as full of a life as I can everyday and wish to inspire, educate, motivate and help people take charge of their health. I want to do as much as I can and make my life and cancer journey count for something."” Read more

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

  • Photo of Sigrun KristamieSigrun K.

    “If anybody else is faced with this, don’t be afraid to reach out. When I did, friends were right there to help.” Read more

Gastric Cancer

  • Photo of Derrian GlennDerrian G.

    “My hurdles ultimately created a new mindset within which I dispelled fear and doubt. Through a combination of many people’s efforts, faith and optimism, I reached a greater level of confidence and gratitude.” Read more

Hodgkin Lymphoma

  • Photo of Anita JonesAnita J.

    “I have a lot of good friends, but when you’re alone, that’s when you think. When that happens, you pick up the phone. There’s people you can reach out to.” Read more

Leukemia

  • Photo of Nolan DresdenNolan D.

    “The social worker who moderates our group is great about keeping the conversation going and really pinpointing things people say that they might not realize they said.” Read more
  • Photo of Sigrun KristamieSigrun K.

    “If anybody else is faced with this, don’t be afraid to reach out. When I did, friends were right there to help.” Read more
  • Photo of Luisa LyonsLuisa 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

Lung Cancer

  • Photo of Valarie KirkwoodValarie K.

    “We have to go 60 miles from her home to the clinic for her treatments so this assistance is invaluable to us. This is especially invaluable on a fixed income. We are so grateful to CancerCare.” Read more
  • Photo of Allen MatthewsAllen 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
  • Photo of Arlene CohenArlene 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
  • Photo of Cari DavnieroCari 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

Lymphoma

  • Photo of Judith HalekJudith H.

    “Cancer woke me up, slowed me down, got me to my next step and helped me get rid of things in my life that weren’t working.” Read more
  • Photo of Anita JonesAnita J.

    “I have a lot of good friends, but when you’re alone, that’s when you think. When that happens, you pick up the phone. There’s people you can reach out to.” Read more

Melanoma

  • Photo of Jonah Eller-IsaacsJonah 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

Metastatic Breast Cancer

  • Photo of Theodosia BarreiroTheodosia 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
  • Photo of Rasheen DavisRasheen 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

Multiple Myeloma

  • Photo of Ann CraigAnn 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

  • Photo of Lea ChapmanLea 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

  • Photo of Laurence JLaurence 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

Sarcoma

  • Photo of Charles HobsonCharles H.

    “Connecting with CancerCare should be a no-brainer. It’s a great organization.” Read more

Squamous Cell Cancer

  • Photo of Luis JerezLuis J.

    “CancerCare has been an amazing source of knowledge. They have information, not just about your diagnosis, but about Medicare, clinical trials – and it’s all in one place.” Read more
  • Photo of Willard BeckhamWillard B.

    “I never panicked. I just said, ‘Okay, so what do we do? I’m ready for anything. Let’s go.’” Read more

Uterine Cancer

  • Photo of Helaine BeerHelaine B.

    “CancerCare made me feel human. You made me feel like cancer was part of my story, and not all of who I am.” Read more

Coping with Caregiving

  • Photo of Mike BoyleMike B.

    “If you’re thinking about reaching out for support, don’t delay. The sooner you’re able to get help the more help you’ll find.” Read more
  • Photo of Valarie KirkwoodValarie K.

    “We have to go 60 miles from her home to the clinic for her treatments so this assistance is invaluable to us. This is especially invaluable on a fixed income. We are so grateful to CancerCare.” Read more
  • Photo of Kathryn WilkeningKathryn 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
  • Photo of Elise FineElise 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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