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Caregiver Corner: Asking for Help

One of the biggest challenges in asking for help is taking that first step. Given everything else you are focused on while caring for your loved one, asking others for help can take some of the pressure off of to do everything yourself. If you’re in a situation where friends and family members offer to help out, don’t be shy in saying “yes.” Whether it’s to come over for a visit or to organize meals for a week, don’t hesitate to accept offers from others to help. Asking for help not only allows some of the workload to be shared across multiple people, but it can also reduce feelings of guilt the patient may experience as he or she sees you taking on everything. Outside help can also allow others with different skill sets to help manage tasks that you might not have the experience with. Asking for help does not show that you are unable to serve as a caregiver, but rather allows you to focus on the bigger responsibilities caregivers own.

Below are online resources that can help you ask for help from your friends and family. 

Lotsa Helping Hands

This site allows users to create an online community and post tasks that the caregiver needs assistance with. Caregivers can then send the site link to their friends and family, where individuals can sign up for tasks. 

Caring Bridge

Caring Bridge is your personal and private journal, guestbook, and photo album—all in one place.  This is a great way to keep friends and family updated on your cancer caregiving journey .

MealTrain

This website allows friends and family members to sign up to provide meals for loved ones. 

Support Groups

While serving as a caregiver to a person with lung cancer, it is important to remember that you are fighting this disease as well. You will experience ups and downs personally as treatment progresses, and it is important to make sure you are taking care of your own emotional health. Below are links to resources that can put you in touch with local support groups, and organizations that can connect you with other lung cancer caregivers.

LUNGevity Lung Cancer Support Community for Family Members and Caregivers

LUNGevity’s Lung Cancer Support Community allows caregivers to connect with each other through the online message board. This site is focused on lung cancer patient caregivers and allows users to share stories, ask questions, and connect with other caregivers who understand the unique role of lung cancer caregivers.

Lung Cancer Support Community Support Group Listings

This forum is a peer-to-peer generated listing of local in-person support groups for people affected by lung cancer.

LUNGevity LifeLine Support Partner

Volunteers mentor and offer encouragement, advice, experience, and hope to caregivers, those newly diagnosed, and anyone needing additional support through a one-on-one personal connection by email or telephone.

Lung Cancer Alliance

This organization provides a listing of support groups for patients, caregivers, and other family members. At the bottom of the site, a list of contacts is provided to locate local support groups in the United States. 

American Association of Cancer Research

The American Association of Cancer Research  (AACR) provides information about support groups and how to select the support group that might be best for you.  It also provides a list of international cancer support groups (not lung cancer focused).