This resource guide has been developed to make it easier for those affected by blood cancers (patients, family or other caregivers) to access a complex healthcare and social service system and find the services to match your individual situation and style. This guide is a “work in progress,” not a complete list, and your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Knowing what you need and expressing those needs are the first steps in finding information and support. A cancer diagnosis can bring a sense of vulnerability and some people feel uncomfortable asking for assistance. However, you are not alone in this experience, so please let others know what you need! This includes family members, as most organizations provide services for patients and their immediate family.
If during your search for services you cannot find what you need, please inform staff about the need anyway. Identifying needs is the way to raise awareness and create change. Even if a particular organization does not offer a service, staff may be able to connect you with others who are working toward the same goals.
Please be an informed consumer and evaluate these services according to your own situation. The summaries of these resources are in my own words, based on my current information and may require updates or changes. Your feedback is important to help make this a useful guide for people affected by blood cancers in the Prairies region