Who is a Co-Survivor?

A co-survivor is anyone who lends support, or is a caregiver, to someone with cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. As a caregiver, you are not alone. 2.8 million U.S. adults provide care for a person with cancer. 76% of those caregivers report helping their loved one with treatment/illness symptoms and 61% report helping with keeping up with medications. Co-survivors report helping with a number of tasks, including:

  • Medical appointment coordination
  • Transportation
  • Home and lawn maintenance
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Finances
  • Activities of daily living
  • Outside service coordination
  • Family coordination
  • Patient self-care
  • Health forms
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Care decisions
  • Advance care planning
  • Proxy/Power of Attorney decisions
  • After-death tasks

We understand at Forge how difficult it can be to be a caregiver to someone with a breast cancer diagnosis. That is why we provide support and resources for you, too. If you would like to be matched with a fellow caregiver who understands what you are going through or other resources, like free mental health counseling, please contact our Client Services Coordinator, Janet Dees, at (205) 990-5367 or [email protected].

 

Source: Forge partner, Nick Dionne-Odom, RN, PhD, at UAB School of Nursing.

 

 

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