They’ve received implants and undergone their removal, received stem cell transplants and had a part of their jaw removed. Some were diagnosed in the earliest stages of their cancer, others had to wait “forever” to find out what they were facing. Another was fired from her job when her employer learned of her diagnosis. One was 16 when she became a caregiver for her mother. Another is part of a hot rod club and still another’s Roller Derby nickname was Psycho Patrick.
They’ve taken control of their post-treatment health by embracing a variety of activities, including reiki yoga, snow skiing and more. They’ve studied nutrition and embraced holistic and complimentary treatments. They’re funny and thoughtful, kind and interesting. Most of all, they’re ready to help.
They are the newest class of Cancer Hope Network Support Volunteers, trained last week via socially-distant webinar.
It’s an understatement to say that today’s new normal of quarantines and distancing is stressful for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors. They add compromised immune systems and PTSD to the the worries we all share. But the men and women who make up this incredible group aren’t letting stress or fear stop them from reaching out to help.
Many of us have heard some version of Ambrose Redmoon’s quote, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” (Read a fascinating story of the author’s life here.)
We are grateful to the Support Volunteers listed below for demonstrating that courage.
- Ruth – Breast Stage 2
- Rachelle– Breast Stage 1, Grade 3, Triple
- Whitney– Caregiver; Breast Stage 4,
- Greg – Squamous-cell of the jaw, Stage 4
- Kim– Professional Match, clinical training
- Sandy – Hodgkins, 1994; Breast 2015; Esophageal
- Elise – Multiple Myeloma (hip)
This class joins more than 400+ Support Volunteers already committed to providing peer mentoring for cancer patients and the people who love them. To connect with these, or one of our other volunteers, please call our Programs Team at 877-HOPENET (877.467.3638) or visit cancerhopenetwork.org.