COVID-19 + Cancer = Community Connectedness

COVID-19 is tough. COVID-19 + stage 4 cancer is even tougher. The people around me, from family, friends, acquaintances to complete strangers offering help, have made such a difference in my life. 

I found it particularly difficult accepting help from people at the beginning of my cancer diagnosis. It took a lot of work with my therapist to understand that when I perceive myself to be a burden on others, isn’t. In fact, those who offer or accept to help me are doing so because they genuinely want to. 

In a time where the top stories focus on how COVID-19 is devastating the world, we rarely hear the positive ones: stories like mine. The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s “Albertan helping Albertans” is focused on sharing such stories. Watch to find out how I feel even more connected with my community despite living through the most challenging time of my life.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping me create more memories, more moments and more magic with my family.

Cancer can suck my lemons!

4 Replies to “COVID-19 + Cancer = Community Connectedness”

  1. Glad you are staying strong. Keep blogging. Alberta is a tough Covid place to be these days. I truly hope the curve flattens soon
    Mark.

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your note. Indeed, it’s not a great place for COVID-19. I had a scare with my daughter yesterday as she woke up with 3 COVID-19 symptoms. I had her tested and it came back negative this morning. Not only would I be worried about her, it would have also meant that I would have had to delay my cancer treatment infusion on Monday. That treatment is keeping me alive, so I am glad I didn’t have that to worry about as well. 🙂

    1. Hi Magda,

      The people in my neighbourhood are truly amazing. We are hunkered down and keeping any outside contact to a very minimum. Hopefully you are staying safe too!

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