Thank you Pfizer for sponsoring this post. Join Pfizer’s This Is Living With Cancer™ initiative by sharing your story with #InspirationLives on Facebook and Instagram to support and inspire those who have been affected by cancer, and be sure to check out the LivingWith™ mobile app available via iTunes and Google Play.
No matter how strong of a person you think you are, when you get that life-changing diagnosis of cancer, you will need all of the strength you can get from within as well as from family and friends.
When my mom got her initial diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma back in 2006, I wanted to help her in any way I could, but I had never dealt with anything like this before and was unsure of how to go about it.
She still had to live her life, despite that fact that cancer was attempting to take it away from her and from all of us, but there were lots of struggles put in her path.
There were chores piling up, errands needing to be run, prescriptions to be filled and meals to be cooked.
Just because her life felt like it had made a huge turn in direction didn’t mean that her daily mundane activities would stop needing to be taken care of—and that was where family and friends came in.
She needed help managing her daily tasks, doctors’ visits and keeping her sanity through it all.
I was happy to help, but at times was unsure of where I was needed most. Now there is an app to make it easier.
Pfizer offers This Is Living With Cancer™, a national awareness program that includes a free mobile app for anyone living with cancer called LivingWith™. It is designed to help manage some of the daily challenges faced by people living with cancer.
There are many useful features designed to help you manage your life with cancer.
You can store important documents like medication details and test results.
At the touch of a button, you will now have access to all your recorded notes from doctor visits, as well as an easy way to stay connected with loved ones.
You can also send requests to family and friends for help with meals, rides and other support.
I love this feature, especially because there were many times when I would be available to help but did not know how. There were also a few times when I was overwhelmed and would have loved to delegate different tasks to each person in my mom’s circle of supporters.
It’s nice having someone to lean on when you need it, and it feels even better to be the person to help out when someone you love needs it most.
You can even keep track of your well-being as well as find news, community events and other support personalized by cancer type.
Thankfully, the LivingWith mobile app really simplifies the things that most of us struggle with when trying to navigate life during such a hard time.
For more information about Pfizer’s This Is Living With Cancer, and to download the free LivingWith mobile app, please visit www.ThisIsLivingWithCancer.com. Patients and their loved ones also can find the initiative on Facebook and Instagram.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.