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When my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2004, our family’s life changed. I was mostly away from home as I was attending college and newly married. My younger sister, Neely, was in high school and became the caregiver to my two younger siblings. My father continued to work and run my mother to her doctors’ appointments in and out of New York City.
Watching my family try to sort out school, activities, food and work schedules stressed me out. I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like living like that for almost two years.
Caring for my mother took much time and care. My mom’s chemotherapy, radiation, and medication made her violently ill, and she could only eat bland foods. She often needed help moving about from the bed to the bathroom. She also had to be very careful with bathing as she had a port to receive her chemotherapy. This is all before her many surgeries to remove cancer and plastic surgery to reconstruct her body.
As you can see, assisting someone who has been diagnosed with cancer is both emotionally and physically demanding. Pfizer recently launched This Is Living With Cancer™, a national awareness program that includes a free mobile app for caregivers and those living with cancer called LivingWith™, designed to help manage life with cancer and organize certain important information in one place.
– Store documents like test results and medication information
– Have access to all notes from your doctors’ visits and also share that information with your loved ones
– Keep track of how you are feeling
– Find community events, news and other support personalized by each type of cancer
– Request help from neighbors, family, and friends for assistance with rides, meals and more
I know that there were many times my aunt and uncle helped by taking my younger siblings for the weekend so my sister and father could get a break. It can be overwhelming trying to care for yourself and a person who is ill with cancer. Having an app like LivingWith could have been extremely useful for my family.
LivingWith may help manage some of the daily challenges faced by people living with cancer. I am grateful that this app was created because it could make a difference for so many people.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.