If you are dealing with cancer, there is no such thing as too much good information. Please note the my use of the word “good.” There is plenty of information available to us online that is not good, but the good stuff – that’s gold.
I’d like to introduce you to online friend and author of some good stuff. His name is Andrew Griffith, and his latest position was as the Director General of Citizenship and Multiculturalism Branch at the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
He also happens to be a mantle cell lymphoma patient who was initially diagnosed in 2009 and relapsed in 2011.
Andrew blogs about his experience at My Lymphoma Journey. If you are a cancer patient, this blog will be an excellent resource for you because what you will find is a first-person account of someone walking through cancer. Your cancer and treatment plans may be different, but many of the emotions and experiences Andrew talks about are universal. His blog is full of experience that he shares in a unique and incredibly meaningful way, hitting not just the surface level details of his treatment, but also providing personal reflections on this trial.
In addition, Andrew has written numerous articles for other cancer resource sites, such as the MD Anderson CancerWise online publication, KevinMD, and Cancer Knowledge Network. One recent article, Tips on Navigating Cancer, provides valuable information for any cancer patient, but especially those just starting out on the journey. One of the things Andrew recommends, and I whole-heartedly agree with, is to come to your appointments prepared. Do your research, come with written questions, and understand your “file” – your medical records, reports, and such. You are responsible for you.
The Kindle edition is a bargain at $3.99 because amid the 300+ pages are the heart and soul of a cancer patient who takes his treatment seriously, but living life even more so. If you want to know what a cancer patient thinks or feels, read this book. If you want to know what the treatment experience is like, especially one that involves stem cell transplants, read this book. If you want to know good book or movie recommendations, read this book because he includes those as well! :)
I think you will find Andrew’s blog and book, both, valuable resources, well-written, and deeply thoughtful. You can also follow Andrew on Twitter where he posts links to quality cancer and healthcare related articles.