Ever feel like you're terrible for being a survivor? Like some organizations look down on you for not eating, sleeping and breathing cancer now that you're a survivor? For not knowing everything happening with every organization? Sometimes that's how I feel. And let's face it, if you know me, you know I do a LOT for the cancer community. But if it's not the Kool-Aid everyone else is drinking sometimes you get snubbed.
Here's a short list of the things I do:
- I volunteer at local hospital in the oncology unit and resource room helping newly diagnosed cancer patients learn the resources available to them. I sit and talk to the lonely people and make sure they have someone to talk to and put a smile on their faces.
- I help out The American Cancer Society in their communications department. I write up stories about cancer survivors and people fundraising for events.
- I was volunteering until recently at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society doing PR for them as well.
- I keep Chemopalooza.com active so that people searching for resources can find them here. And believe me, they do.
- I respond to several current cancer patients each month that find my blog and seek support and encouragement.
- I allow college students working on research, writers working on stories/books, to interview me so that care can get better for future cancer patients and so people can learn they are not alone.
And this is just a short list of the things I do, for FREE, for the cancer community. Yet, sometimes people act like it's just not enough. Well, I think it is!