CancerCare helps more than 110,000 people in all 50 states coping with cancer each year.
Many are patients or caregivers of a loved one with cancer. Others are friends, loved ones, or the bereaved. Everyone facing the challenges of cancer has a unique, deeply personal story to tell about their journey.
Ekata, a 37-year-old New Yorker, came to CancerCare for help after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2011. Her diagnosis completely interrupted her life, forcing her to leave her job at a top organization due to long hours that took a toll on her body. Ekata also faced the uncertainty of cancer’s impact on previously held goals, such as starting a family and developing her career.
At the urging of her brother, Ekata contacted CancerCare. Though she was initially skeptical, Ekata found speaking with her social worker, Caroline, helped her better manage the feelings she found difficult to express. “She has been amazing,” Ekata says. “She made me feel comfortable right away.”
Ekata found working with her social worker so helpful she convinced friends and family to go to CancerCare as well. “I tell people that [CancerCare’s services] are flexible and top quality.” Above all else, Ekata is grateful that CancerCare has helped her maintain her sense of normalcy. She says, “CancerCare gives me the support I need to go out and be the person I want to be. I’m able to be the person I always was.”
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