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Getting treated for cancer during a pandemic SUCKS!

As if the stress of the new life limitations imposed by COVID-19, coupled with the pressure of the economic crisis, weren’t enough, the new way of treating cancer patients really feels like being kicked when you’re down.

Three weeks ago I had to go through another surgery.

Entering the hospital all alone, no company allowed, thinking about how hard the next hours of your life will be, is extremely lonely. 

In addition, the possibility of not being able to receive treatment because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 is another terrifying worry to add to the most sensitive point in your life. 

Every cancer patient knows, whether it’s coming to a doctor’s visit, screening tests, regular treatments, or surgery, every second in this cold environment feels infinitely better when someone is there to hold your hand, give you a smile and some encouragement, bring you some water or coffee, or give you a hug in those painfully slow minutes of waiting. 

Getting treated during this pandemic means no loved ones by our side. Whoever usually keeps you company during the long hours, covers you with a blanket, and brings you drinks and ice chips while IV drops are dripping, is not there.

For me it was about going through surgery alone. There was no one to say one last goodbye and give me a good luck embrace. There was no familiar face to tell me how I was doing when I woke up in the recovery room.

It’s harder than you might imagine. 

We all understand and agree why these measurements are taken. And since there are no other options right now, what we are left with is to be each other’s company; talk to the guy next to you in the chemo suit, help the lady in the bed next to you to grab a glass of water and help another patient figure out the TV remote.

We are in this together. Let’s be there for each other. Let’s fight cancer together! 

Tell us your story about how you are holding up?  How are you managing your loneliness during treatments!

Don’t forget our FREE app to learn more about COVID-19, monitor symptoms, and speak to nurses. 

And most importantly, make sure you stay healthy! 

Getting treated for cancer during a pandemic SUCKS!2020-08-21T14:59:51+00:00

Cancer can make us voiceless

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.

Guess what?!

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 clinicalteam@trialjectory.com for guidance around your specific cancer.

Here to help you fight!

Tzvia

Co-founder, cancer survivor, CEO

Tzvia Bader

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. 

Cancer can make us voiceless2020-08-21T05:53:48+00:00