No one should fight cancer alone. For anyone who has ever has faced a life-changing disease like cancer, you quickly discover that you need to rely on others for support and encouragement. I think a key to fighting cancer is to surround yourself with positive ideas, people, and resources. I have been cancer free for almost 9 years and last year, out of the blue, I discovered a fantastic resource – a group called Chemo Angels. The Chemo Angels program offers support to those who find themselves in the most challenging situation of their lives – battling a cancer diagnosis and undergoing chemo treatment. Volunteers (a/k/a Angels) support an assigned “buddy” throughout their journey with cards, inspirational messages, supportive words and lots of positive energy. The encouragement Angels provide helps give patients the comfort and confidence of knowing they are not alone in their fight. The goal of Chemo Angels is to help fuel a positive attitude and aid in the road to recovery. As a volunteer, I can say that providing emotional support is one of the most heartwarming experiences I’ve ever had. I am lucky enough to never have experienced chemo, but I certainly can empathize with what these patients are going through. The Chemo Angels program matches anyone undergoing chemotherapy with his or her or own “angel.” The angels send notes, cards, and occasional small gifts to their assigned recipient, sharing good cheer and encouragement. Patients are not required to respond to their angels. The idea is to focus on their treatment and recoveries, and to not have them feel obligated to send a thank you note for each instance of support. As an angel, you just know they are thankful, and knowing a patient is getting well is thanks enough. As a “Card Angel” I am 100% dedicated to my assigned patient for however long the treatments continue. My commitment is to send my buddy at least one card, letter, or note a week, and a small gift every now and then – even though gifts are not required for Card Angels. And, as a personal commitment, I make all the cards I send.
Cancer patients need stability and reliability in their lives while they struggle to create a new normal. If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, and think this kind of program might be a good fit for you, check out their website. Or, if you know someone who is going through intensive, IV chemotherapy, please encourage them to apply so they can be “adopted” by Angels who can provide support to them throughout the course of their treatment. To learn more about this awesome organization, please visit www.chemoangels.net.
So…with all of that being said, I thought I would share a few pictures of cards I have made and sent to my buddy. I love being an Angel!