Cancer Resource Binders
Our Cancer Resource Binders are a tool to help patients and their families find confidence and feel more in control of their battle with cancer. No matter the diagnosis or prognosis - we want to empower cancer-fighting-families to be amazing advocates!
The Golden Cord Foundation and this vital resource were inspired by our own journey with cancer; by the support we received and the tremendous hope and strength shown by Jon C. Stegen during his 10-month fight with a fiercely aggressive form of Appendiceal Cancer.
These Cancer Resource Binders are designed to help organize and track medical records, appointments, doctor consultation notes, pain and diet and all the information gathered during treatment. Created in conjunction with caregivers, survivors, patients, nurses and experts in the field, the Cancer Resource Binder helps families feel empowered in the day to day battles against cancer. In addition to our foundation’s efforts, partnerships with other organizations, like Cancer Support Community and The Empowerment Network, help us connect families currently fighting cancer with this empowering resource.
Can you send a binder to my friend/ colleague/ loved one who has just been diagnosed/ is currently fighting cancer?
Yes! At the $50 donation level you can provide a binder to someone in need through our partnerships with other local cancer support organizations AND we'll send a second binder to the Cancer Fighting Family of your choice. Please simply send us a follow up email with your name and the name and address of where we should send the binder. A personalized message can be included as well!
How does the Cancer Resource Binder reflect what Jon and his family learned during his battle with cancer?
To quote Jon's wife Jessica, "the binder we created just days after his diagnosis became like a third person to us during appointments and treatments. When we were too overwhelmed to think or remember ... overwhelmed with news or just life in general; the binder had the answers we needed. In fact, several times during Jon's battle we had doctors ask to refer to the binder or pull out records and make copies. The Cancer Resource Binder that is now available includes many elements and tips that we used. It also includes items that I wish we'd known or had as a reference - such as the side effects journal or the entire section on distress. These are tools that can make a huge difference in helping family feel more in control of their treatment.
What do you hope to accomplish for families in providing these binders?
To give cancer-fighting-families the opportunity to feel they have a guide to provide them with the resources and questions to empower their journey. Ultimately allowing these families to spend as much of their lives enjoying love-filled moments with those they hold dear. To allow patients and caregivers to track their care, ask their questions - and then close this binder, set it on the kitchen table and go rest with their loves, to go make non-cancer related memories and get a little of their normal back.
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