December 4, 2014

Support & Resources

Support      I don’t like asking for help!

However, it is a gift to others when one does. Who doesn’t like helping another person? Reach out often!

Here is a list of Resources,that are clickable links to their respective websites, that I have found to be helpful in my journey of healing. It helps to educate yourself and reach out to people for guidance and support. Your Doctor is always a great resource as well. My Doctors and Social Worker, pointed me to many of these sites and companies. Check with your Doctor or Social Worker for additional materials or places of reference that may benefit you.

Support:

  1. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute One to One Mentoring Program
  2. Imerman Angels One on One Cancer Support
  3. The Healing Beyond Cancer Program with Sonny Rose
  4. The Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies
  5. Reiki for Healing : A special person helped me with this type of Integrative healing. Please email me through the contact page and I can connect you if you live in Massachusetts.
  6. Friend’s Place at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Cancer Information:

  1. American Cancer Society
  2. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  3. Sarcoma Foundation of America 
  4. Sarcoma Alliance
  5. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Oncology Departments
  6. Cancer Facts 2015
  7. Cancer Facts 2014
  8. Radiation Treatments: How long it stays in the body
  9. Chemotherapy Treatments: How long does it stay in the body

Lodging:

If you live far away from your Treatment Hospital, there are places you can reach out to, to reside nearby and have an easier commute.This is typically available to patients with treatments 3 days or more in a row per week. Every city is different. These are places in the Boston area. Your Doctor will know places to reside in your area. Ask your Doctor or the Social Worker. You may need to be referred by your Doctor anyways. Take control and make it easier for yourself.

  1. Hope Lodge Boston MA for Adults
  2. Ronald McDonald House Boston MA for children and their families
  3. Recommend places from the Dana-Farber website

Food Recommendations:

Depending upon your treatment, you may lose your taste buds, may not be able to eat solid foods or may need to have so much protein and low sugar foods. I was told to only eat something with 10 or less grams of sugar OR the protein and fiber had to equal or exceed the total sugar amount if I wanted to eat it. This will vary from person to person. Check with your Doctor or Nutritionist. If you are not hungry, sometimes its easier to drink your food and still get what you need. These are just a few items helped me. You can purchase at your local store or online.

  1. Ready to drink Atkins Protein Shakes: They have 15+ g of protein and 1-3 g of sugar
  2. Hot Chocolate from My Bariatric Pantry: They have 15+ g of protein and 2-3 g of sugar
  3. Edy’s Slow Churned No Sugar Ice Cream: Flavors vary. 3 g sugar, 3 g Protein and 2 g Fiber
  4. Dana Farber Cancer Institute Mobile ‘Ask the Nutritionist’ APP

 

***This page is for reference only. It does not give medical advice. It is the consumers responsibility to confirm information. Always consult with your doctor on your medical condition and what is recommended for you and your treatments.