08/31/2011 // Littleton, CO, United States // chellefrancis // Cancer In Our Life
Executive director Dana Hall launched the organization Cancer In Our Life after personally experiencing the loss of her husband to cancer in 2010. The organization offers a wealth of information about cancer-related topics, including how to deal with the financial, physical, medical and emotional issues of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis.
According to The American Cancer Society, about half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. "At some point in our lives, nearly every American will either get cancer or have a family member with cancer," said Hall. "I know from personal experience that dealing with cancer is not an easy road to travel alone, so wanted to start an organization focused on helping spouses cope with their loved one's diagnosis."
Hall facilitates cancer workshops and participates in informational speaking events about dealing with a loved one's cancer diagnosis. In fall 2011, she plans to publish a memoir about her experiences with cancer called The Path I Did Not Choose. She recently spoke at a state-wide Ride For The Cure event, sharing her life story to motivate those dealing with cancer in their lives to deal with it head-on. In addition, she provides inspiration to spouses and family members through her blog site. The posts cover a variety of topics including coping with the initial diagnosis, coping with loss, handling health insurance and financial and medical advice. Her website links to many more resources, including sources for insurance options and emotional support.
"This was the hardest thing I have ever been through. It was wonderful to have the support of someone who knows exactly what a spouse is faced with, and gives great support through the process," said the spouse of a cancer patient Hall worked with, from Highlands Ranch, Colo. "I finally felt that someone understood me."
About Cancer In Our Life
Founded in 2011, Littleton, Colo.-based Cancer In Our Life is an organization dedicated to providing the resources and support spouses and families of cancer patients need to cope with their loved one's diagnosis. The organization connects families to a wealth of information about cancer-related topics, including how to deal with the corresponding financial, physical, medical and emotional issues. The organization is a supportive network of spouses and families experiencing the financial and emotional strain of cancer. For more information, visit www.cancerinourlife.com.
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