When you know someone is struggling, what do you do? Do you ignore it since it doesn’t affect you? Do you pray for them in hopes they find the help they need? Or are you the person that decides you need to be that person to step up and help?
A member of our church was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer. After her series of radiation treatments, she is now receiving chemotherapy. Walking has become difficult for her. Taking care of her house, especially her yard has become even more difficult.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments are not the easiest treatments on one’s body. The continuous feeling of being sick and the body aches are not symptoms any cancer patient welcomes. That’s why when my family and I heard the call to help on a work party, we joined in without hesitation. We’ve seen the effects of cancer first hand and knew stepping up to help was the right thing to do.
As we were leaving after helping out in the yard all morning, I wondered what else could be done. What types of programs are available in our community that would help a cancer patient through their treatments? I headed to the internet to find programs in our area.
As a rural area, we don’t have many of the opportunities a large metropolitan area would have. However, we have a center in town that will assist with gas cards, hotel lodging, help with buying a wig, and offer a few support groups for cancer survivors and caregivers. There is a local non-profit that provides a room during cancer treatments to those who travel a long distance. They offer a weekly stay in a comfortable house for a small manageable fee. We also have a local health-food restaurant offering healthy smoothies delivered to the doorstep of cancer patients during their treatments.
As I looked further into it recently, I was becoming discouraged. I wasn’t able to find a team of people that would assist in the day-to-day needs. There’s a national company offering one day a month for four months of house cleaning, but not every community has it available to them. There are opportunities in other areas for driving assistance to and from your cancer treatments, but what about the daily needs, such as grocery shopping or driving them around town to do a few errands? These are all things that need to be met.
Granted, most of us have family and friends that are willing to help. What happens when we don’t? Who can you rely on? Maybe it’s time to look into being that opportunity to someone you know is struggling.
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