What We're Talking About Now: SupportWhen you hear the word Support used in relation to cancer care, do you think of something that is completely positive and helpful? Can it ever feel difficult to accept help from others? If you are a patient, do you feel comfortable asking for support, whether from close family, clinical caregivers, or acquaintances? Does Support suggest the small ways patients can be assisted day to day, or more major things that make a difference in a patient’s overall care? Does the word mean the kinds of help that only a family member or close friend can give a patient, or can it also include help from staff and clinicians around the Cancer Center? Can even the smallest gestures of help, from strangers to us, really be considered support?
This month we’ll be discussing this word, and all these different ways it can be understood. There will be new perspectives posted every few days, so please check back often. Please join our conversation, with a comment on any perspective, or by suggesting other word we can discuss in the future, by clicking the participate button on the right.
We Each Need Our Own Support
Support is the the assistance we all rely on. It is the spouse who greets you at the end of the day, the friend who is there to hear you gripe, and the colleague Continue…
Sharing and Receiving
Support is all about the cycle of sharing and receiving; as all humans are able to provide support in some way and we all have times Continue…
Learning about Support
This week I’m recovering from a second surgery in this long cancer journey, so I’ve had some time on my hands and some real life opportunities to reflect on what “support” means to me in the middle of all of this. The thing is, I’m… Continue…