good morning and welcome to this community. no one want to be here, but I am happy you found us….we all ‘get it’. the reality is: real life doesn't stop just because we get a life changing diagnosis. thank you for your post. we all need to be aware of the #realtalk of cancer and cancer treatment.
it is added stress to have to worry about living expenses when you are dealing with a new cancer diagnosis.
I would suggest 2 things:
*get an appointment with the social work department of the hospital you are attending - there should be folks there who know the in/out of this type of support.
*contact the Canadian Cancer Information Specialist at 1-888-939-3333 - they too should have some suggestions for you.
cancer sucks. real life issues and cancer sucks more.
let us know how things move along for you.
Thank you so much for this valuable information. I had an appointment with one of my surgeons today and his secretary did not know of any assistance available except through the government! That was very upsetting to hear. I will call the number that you have listed in this message. My surgery date has now been set for June 9 and Hamilton at St Josephs Hospital on Charleston. There will be a team of surgeons working on me as this is apparently a very complex surgery. I appreciate your support so very much
@JackieOlds I'm glad you found this community to try and help support your through your cancer experience. Like @supersu said, financial worries on top of cancer really sucks. I'm glad you asked your surgeon's secretary about financial support, but to be honest these are not the folks with the information. The surgeon's office typically only worries about the surgical component of your treatment and like to hand off everything else to the oncologists. The oncologists and oncology social workers are the best folks to discuss this with or the by call the number at the Canadian Cancer Society. Have you been referred to an oncologist yet? If not, ask the surgeon's secretary to refer you to the oncology social worker. I hope they have one available at the hospital where you are getting treatment. I hope you can find some support soon.
I thought my surgeon was the oncologist! Geesh. So confusing. No one seems to know anything about temp financial support. I will call the pre-op people on Monday. Thanks again for your support.
@JackieOlds just to make things more confusing, some surgeons are actually both. I had both breast and ovarian cancer (two separate events). For my breast cancer I had a surgeon and an oncologist. For my ovarian cancer I had a gyne oncologist that did both the surgery and management of chemo etc. It is possible your surgeon is also an oncologist, but typically they are two separate people. A good thing to get verified that's for sure.
Yes both of my ENT surgeons are oncologists. Are you completely cancer free now? Praise God if you are. The whole Financial thing is really messing my head up.
you are hilting another baffling facet of the cancer story: the whole medical system can be so mysterious! it definitely has a hierarchy and language all it's own. it's a LOT to learn about when you are dealing with such huge issues as your health, and financial strain also.
I am so happy you are posting about this topic Jackie. it really reminds me that not all folks have the privilege of an employer based benefits program! as a very regular UBER customer I know how hard you work, and that like every other industry it has been affected by COVID, no doubt.
your posts are truly helping others in the same situation as yourself now; or perhaps later when they are reading archived information.
hang in there….I am truly hopeful that you can find some help.
@JustJan - tagging her so that she see's your reply above 😉
cheers, try to enjoy this Sunday
Thanks. When I find out about temp financial assistance I will post. So frustrated not knowing where to turn too. You have a great Sunday too.
@JackieOlds So since your doctor is also an oncologist, I would ask the secretary for a referral to a social worker for the cancer program (if there is one) or a nurse navigator. These are the folks that can likely help point you in the right direction. I do hope you can get things sorted out quickly and have one less thing to worry about.
I currently have no evidence of disease after about 3 years. I am hopeful for the future.
I already did that. She didn’t seem to know anything about the social worker to contact and she even forgot to give me the preop package when I left the appointment on Friday! I’m super nervous that they’re already making mistakes!
I am so happy to hear you have been cancer free for 3 years. Praise God!
First I want to wish you well for your surgery on Thursday. We will be thinking of you.
Wondering if you called the helpline # above that @supersu gave you? They can point you in the direction of resources. One of them being Welllspring's Money Matters program https://wellspring.ca/money-matters-poster/ They can help with what options are available to you and help with filing paperwork .
Let us know how your surgery goes as you are able.
Unfortunately there are no resources available thru Money Matters for independent contractors. It is super frustrating and frightening to know that I could be without work for six months without any income whatsoever. I never dreamed this would be happening to me.