Managing our new normal
The developments surrounding the novel coronavirus and the uncertainty it creates are challenging our health and our daily interactions. Unfortunately, this pandemic has hit immunocompromised cancer patients particularly hard, as oncology centers and hospitals have been forced to shutter their in-person support groups. Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t take a break, even for a global pandemic.
During this time of crisis, we are here to support you. This pandemic is new, but Cancer Hope Network isn’t new to providing virtual support to cancer patients and caregivers. For nearly 40 years, our trained cancer survivor volunteers have been providing virtual and electronic peer mentoring.
The social work and nursing professionals who make up our Programs team are here to help find resources and connect you to professional resources. Our Support Volunteers are here help clients cope with the isolation brought on by social distancing.
The social support we offer to patients and the people who love them is – and will continue to be – available by phone, email and chat throughout this health crisis.
We also hope these tips on how to deal with the uncertainty of this “new normal” will help as the changes keep rolling in and the newness of social distancing wears off.
Listen to the experts. From the CDC to your state and local governments and established organizations with longstanding expertise, find organizations you trust and listen. Over the coming days and weeks, we will share information from experts across the nation and support for those who need it most.
One great place to start is this informative document about social distancing, quarantine and isolation from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (PDF).
Manage fear. This Wisdom of the Crowd article that recently appeared in CURE magazine’s Heal edition features words of advice from Support Volunteers across the nation. They were focused on the fear of recurrence, but their advice rings true in the face of uncertainty and fear brought on by the novel coronavirus and spread of COVID-19.
Give yourself and those around you grace. The changing landscape means you’ll make mistakes. (See also: Us sending a previously scheduled email about our Golf Classic the morning our governor announced a statewide curfew.) It means those around you will make mistakes. Tempers may get frayed as boredom and worry set in. The time-honored advice of a deep breath and counting to 10 will be particularly helpful in the coming days.
Stay connected. As we work to flatten the curve by implementing social distancing, keep in mind that you are not alone. The support and guidance provided by the social work and nursing professionals on our Programs team will be there. The comfort and hope provided by our Support Volunteers will still be available.
Call 877.HOPENET (877.467.3638) or the form on the right to request a match. Visit any page on our site and click the button to chat with a member of our team or to refer a client.