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Surviving Cancer and Making Connections

2012 June 1

Surviving cancer. This phrase symbolizes so much for many people, their friends and families.

You probably know at least one cancer survivor, as I do. This Sunday is National Cancer Survivors Day, created to help connect the experiences of millions of people who have fought cancer and won the battle.

And there are many more still fighting. If you or someone you know is living with cancer, it’s important to get help—from friends, professionals and online, too.

The National Cancer Institute, for example, has a clearinghouse of information. They support more than 100 organizations nationwide—and their support services page is a huge resource. People just diagnosed can find out more about their cancer, others can locate support for medical supplies, and find health insurance, even scholarships.

Cancer Groups Under the Radar

There are dozens of groups providing all types of help, even beyond the more well-known American Cancer Society and Lance Armstrong Foundation. Have you heard of these? The Sisters Network Inc. (SNI) is a national organization supporting African American breast cancer survivors.

Then there’s the Chronic Disease Fund, an organization that helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancer or other life-altering conditions obtain the medications they need.

The NCI support services page also offers a LiveHelp online chat where users can talk with real information specialists about cancer, clinical trials and quitting smoking. The chats are confidential and available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

It pays to be informed, understand your options and reach out for resources—there are so many.

This is something we’re determined to make sure more people realize. Allsup offers our own Disability Resource Center as another great place to search for support organizations, community groups and more.

People with disabilities, including those with cancer, benefit from relationships that support them. You don’t have to go through this alone.

I think that’s something we can all agree on.

Jim Allsup

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