On Friday, June 3, the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center participated in our first ever National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) tweetchat. The event brought together cancer survivors, caregivers, and awareness organizations around topics on National Cancer Survivors Day.
The conversation offered a great way for the cancer community – including survivors, family members, and advocacy groups – to spread awareness about cancer survivorship and caregiving. Personal stories were shared by many different participants from a variety of perspectives, which helps provide the comprehensive and useful information possible.
The NCSD Tweetchat participants included:
- Linda Reinstein, President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
- Samantha Watson, CEO of The Sam Fund
- Maurie Markman, President of Medicine and Science at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Questions and topics ranged from ways to support a cancer survivor, what a survivor or caregiver would say to cancer given the chance, and even advice for a recently diagnosed patient or caregiver.
Caregiver and Survivor Resources
During the tweetchat, MAA Center shared several infographics on caregiving and survivorship, which contained personal stories about the challenges survivors and caregivers face and provided advice on helpful resources for both groups.
In addition, we have developed the infographics below based on feedback from individuals who have been in one or both of these roles. Please feel free to share these graphics with anyone you know who is facing struggles related to a cancer diagnosis.
The Survivor Journey (Infographic)
We interviewed a number of cancer survivors, and they offered us individual insights and stories to help others who are going on their own journeys. The questions we asked included:
- What does it mean to you to be a cancer survivor?
- What do you wish you knew before becoming a cancer patient?
- What are the most common challenges faced as a survivor?
- What is something that you can do to help someone going through cancer treatment?
- What advice would you give to a friend who is faced with a cancer diagnosis?
- Are there any useful support groups/programs for survivors?
Read these survivor stories and insights in the infographic below, and feel free to share it with your family, friends, and others who may want to read these individuals’ inspiring stories.
The Caregiver Journey (Infographic)
We also interviewed a number of caregivers to ask them about the challenges they faced, and the inspirations they found, as a caregiver. The questions we asked included:
- What does being a caregiver mean to you?
- What do you wish you knew before becoming a caregiver?
- What are the most common challenges you faced as a caregiver?
- What advice would you give to a friend who is faced with acting as a caregiver to a loved one with cancer?
- Are there any useful support groups or programs you’ve found for caregivers?
Read these caregiver insights and stories in the infographic below, and feel free to share it with your family, friends, and others who may want to read these individuals’ inspiring stories.