Day 4 of #HAWMC is about sharing resources for someone newly diagnosed. I actually started this list for myself, as I was forced to become my own health and patient advocate when diagnosed. I gathered as many resources as I could find, both local and national. I went down the list and contacted each provider and organization to see how they could help me. There were many organizations that couldn’t help me. But there were several that did. I have listed the organizations that provided me with any type of support on my Team Roxy website under Resources.
While most of these organizations provide assistance to only those in my local area (Tarrant County), there are a couple of national organizations on this list:
The mission of Cancer Care Services is to provide help and hope to cancer patients and survivors and their families and caregivers through direct financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs, services and activities.
The Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth offers comprehensive, compassionate breast services on one campus for those diagnosed with breast cancer in Tarrant County and surrounding areas.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Fort Worth Affiliate provides grants to local organizations to assist uninsured and underinsured women and men in the Greater Fort Worth service area with funding vital breast cancer health education, breast cancer screening and treatment programs.
The Pregnant with Cancer Network offers support for women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. We connect women who are currently pregnant with cancer with other women who have experienced a similar cancer diagnosis.
The CancerCare foundation helps people with health insurance who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating specific cancer diagnoses.
The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial support for pharmaceutical co-payments to insured patients who financially and medically qualify.
The Cancer Assistance Fund of North Texas provides counseling, financial assistance, screening and wellness programs. They also provide information to help you and your family learn about cancer and the different care facilities in the area.
The Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth specializes in providing prevention, early detection, and support services. Whether it’s offering emotional or nutritional counseling, providing assistance to cope with the side effects of therapy, obtaining access to resources for financial, social and transportation issues, Moncrief Cancer Institute provides patients, their families, and caregivers with the resources they need.
Now that I am navigating through survivorship, I need to add to this list. There have been several other organizations that have provided me with information and ongoing support as a survivor. I will work on compiling that list soon.