Fall is finally here, and with it comes the onset of flu season. The flu is a difficult illness for everyone, but for cancer patients, it can be devastating. It is especially challenging in this year that has already taxed everyone with the uncertainty of COVID-19.
Dealing daily with a pandemic along with GIST can be a daunting task and it may feel difficult sometimes to even face a new day. Paying attention to your mental health is an important part of everyday self-care. We have composed a Daily Checklist to help you consciously acknowledge where you are at the beginning of your day, work with those feelings, and reflect on your successes.
COVID-19 - Resources GIST Patients Need - Please know that the Life Raft Group is here to support you during this Coronavirus crisis. We will continue our daily services during this time and we will be distributing information and messages of hope through all our communication channels.
The LRG is hosting a virtual cooking demonstration with Chefs Rosemary and Drew Gabbe of The Fruited Plain of Parsippany, NJ, to launch our newly released cookbook, GIST Cook.
Hope is an important resource during difficulty times. Mary Garland, Director of Communications for the LRG, shares her observations on hope.
During this health epidemic, wondering about being immunocompromised is a valid concern for GIST patients whether NED or on treatment and best practices are outlined in this post as quoted by experts in cancer patient treatment.
You probably are very aware of the anxiety you are feeling since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. What you may not be aware of is the other emotion that has been weighing heavily on most of us these days: grief.
These are trying times for everyone. As we move into uncharted territory created by the coronavirus pandemic, it is normal for the average person to experience fearful thoughts. Add to the mix fears that are ever present for those with a cancer diagnosis and you have a formula for anxiety.
Drug repository programs have the potential to be a key component in accessing life-saving treatments. In a landscape where prices for cancer drugs are escalating, many face a challenge in obtaining life-saving treatments. There are many resources for overcoming these obstacles, but it is clearly not enough for those already struggling with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
Director of Communications Mary Garland shares these top ten tips for caregivers for this GIST journey.