Dr. Google is easily accessible and always accepting new patients but it’s very rare that the info provided is trustworthy and accurate.
When you are diagnosed with cancer, there are so many questions that you need answers to and google is the quickest way to find them. We know that the information is often untrustworthy but we do it anyways.
Look no further. I have compiled a list of my most trusted and FREE, online references.
Trusted Health Information
Sloan Kettering – About Herbs:
I find the most common place that people receive misinformation is natural health products. You hear and read so much information and much of it contradicts each other. It can be very frustrating. This is why I rely on ‘About Herbs’ by Sloan Kettering. About Herbs provides trusted, evidence-based information about herbal medications and it was developed and is maintained by a trusted cancer care centre so you know it has people with cancer in mind.
This is truthfully my number one favorite cancer reference – ever. I wish BC Cancer would sponsor me because I am their number one fan girl! #nerd
Anytime I’m looking for information about chemotherapy: first stop BC Cancer. It’s so organized and easy to search. You can find detailed information about side effects including rates and how to manage. Book mark this reference – you are going to want to use it.
Marijuana for Dummies – the pharmacist info graphic
There are times when I feel like people think cancer and marijuana go hand in hand. There are definitely times when marijuana or it’s derivative are useful during cancer treatment but there is also a ton of misinformation out there. One of my favorite quick references for marijuana (and it’s developed by a pharmacist) can be found here.
The Breasties support group is just one of the cutest girl gangs I’ve ever come across. Their activities span from hosting weekend retreats to evening chats. Find a chapter near you.
I was personally diagnosed with cancer at the young age of just 30 years old. It was terrible trying to find a support group where I felt like I fit in. I would often show up to cancer survivor events and be the youngest person by decades. That’s where YACC comes in. If you were diagnosed too young, YACC host retreats and annual conference to help you find your tribe.
Talking to Kids About Cancer
I get asked this questions time and time again; ‘how should I talk to my kids about cancer?’ This is so difficult but over the years I’ve gathered some references that might help.
· Talking to Your Kids About Breast Cancer
Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Reid Sliwerski: story to help children understand what a parent or loved one may be experiencing when going through cancer treatment
When Someone You Love has Cancer: A Guide to Help Kids Cope by Alaric Lewis: child friendly language to describe cancer and it's effects, as well as healthy emotional reactions
Punk Wig by Lori Ries: Story about a Mom getting a wig after losing hair due to chemo; sheds light on realities of cancer, but also that a those diagnosed can still have fun and keep things upbeat and positive
For more trusted resources, check out our complete resource list at Surviv(her)
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