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Caring for loved ones with cancer is one of the most heart-wrenching experiences that a person can go through. I know this to be true because I’ve done it myself.
My oldest sister was diagnosed with advanced-stage colon cancer in 2001. The doctors told us that she only had 6 months to live at the most. My family and I were completely devastated.
As her condition worsened, I made the difficult transition from giving emotional support to full-time caregiver for her. I moved her into my home, and within a matter of months, I had to serve as decision maker, advocate, and communicator for her since she could no longer perform those roles for herself.
All of us were new to the job of caring for someone with cancer. While my sister’s attending physicians were very supportive and helpful, I was still unsure about my ability to properly manage my sister’s care while giving her the comfort, inspiration, and peace of mind to carry her through to the end.
My roles as my sister’s sole caregiver left me feeling alone. As days went on, it grew harder to keep her spirits up when I was barely keeping up my own. Initially, I didn’t know who to turn to. Then a friend of mine who served as a caregiver during her mom’s cancer journey suggested I should go to Walgreens and take advantage of their cancer support services.
Walgreens offers easy access to cancer information and caregiver support resources. The conveniently located Walgreens retail pharmacy locations in my neighborhood had in-aisle solutions that helped me to address some of the side effects that she was experiencing with her cancer treatment.
Walgreens has specially trained pharmacists who understand the side effects of medications. Plus, the cancer specialized Walgreens pharmacy had pharmacists that had completed additional training specific to cancer. Their trusted knowledge and support made me feel more confident in managing my sister’s side effects as they happened.
What I loved most about Walgreens cancer services during my sister’s cancer journey is how they provided a personal touch during every interaction I had with them. The staff worked to help me sort and fill out my sister’s insurance paperwork. With their personal and professional assistance, I found a way to better afford my sister’s cancer medications too.
The support that I received from Walgreens cancer support services empowered me and helped dissolve my fears of properly caring for my sister’s needs during her battle with cancer. Because of that, I was able to focus more on spending more intimate time with her; cherishing each and every moment in the final days leading up to her passing. Their logistical support and cancer educational resources gave me a huge sense of reassurance and relief.
In the bleak reality of losing my sister to cancer, Walgreens served as a positive light, providing a destination for information and holistic care. More so, it gave me a community of support and resources that were invaluable to me in my role as a caregiver. Just like my sister’s memory, the skilled guidance and encouragement I received from Walgreens cancer support services will be cherished by me forever.