It doesn’t matter if it is our nature to feel powerful or not.
There’s something about this disease that makes us lose our voice and confidence.
Even the strongest, most vocal person, can be paralyzed by cancer.
Maybe we don’t want to “ask a stupid question”.
Maybe we’re so overwhelmed we don’t know what to ask.
Or maybe we just don’t want to “bother” our doctor.
I’m here to tell you, to tell us, that we don’t have the privilege to be voiceless.
NOW is the exact time when we need our voice more than ever.
To reclaim our voice in the face of this terrifying disease, here is what we can do:
- Prepare questions in advance: dedicate 30 min to sit down, either just with yourself or with someone you trust, to talk through and list everything that is on your mind, remember – there are no stupid questions!
- If possible, bring someone with you to meet your doctor and ask questions. Often we get so overwhelmed during meetings with doctors, that we forget what we wanted to ask, or don’t remember what the answer was.
- Find a support group online to draw from other’s experience – either by asking or reading others posts – to learn what are the possible scenarios and questions you should be planning for.
- Use available tools: We created a toolkit of questions to take with you to your next virtual or in-person meeting. Find and download your cancer specific toolkit here.
What have you done to regain your voice when you’ve lost it?…I want to know, our community wants to know!
Remember, we’re always here for you! Reach out to us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance around your specific cancer.
Here to help you fight!
Co-founder, cancer survivor, CEO
P.S. Don’t forget to download our free app for cancer patients to monitor COVID-19 symptoms and get direct access to a team of nurses trained in Coronavirus care.