This guide shares Barbara’s blogs that were published by AARP Colorado from June 2018 to January 2020. These blogs describe actual patient stories and shares tips for caregivers. Also included are a variety of resources for the cancer caregiver.
It is our desire that the items shared within this guide will assist caregivers in discovering strengths within themselves they may not have known they possess, so that they can better meet their caregiving challenges.
We are giving away this guide in PDF format by email to everyone that donates $15 or more.
Dear Friends, we know how difficult the Corona Virus crisis is for everyone but for those of us who are also battling cancer, the isolation and added stress are also dangerous. AzMN has mobilized volunteers from the mental health field to respond to emails and phone calls for cancer patients/families. You can contact us with concerns and questions, or just to provide a ‘friendly’ voice. Just contact by email or our phone number. I will respond myself or have one of our volunteers get back to you.
We are all in this Together and will Survive!
Barbara and Jack Kavanagh
Direct Line: 623-466-6246
Established combination seen as safer option for coronavirus therapy; will add data to TGen COVID Immunity Study and virus sequencing efforts
Thank you Tgen and Honor Health for your collaboration on behalf of new treatment for COPID19 which we read about in the AzBio News this week. We are so proud to know you and to be able to share this exciting news with the thousands of cancer patients and caregivers in our AzMN network. You bring great Hope to so many and help us remain strong in these scary and lonely times.
We have been through a lot together over the past 16 years since Arizona Myeloma Network, AzMN™ was founded with this Mission: Awareness. Education. Advocacy.
We want you to know that we will continue to ‘be there’ for you now, during this difficult and scary time. We are including a list of resources that are available with information and assistance. We are reaching out to all cancer patients, caregivers/families, and healthcare professionals. You can email or call us anytime, day or night at my email and my home office phone number listed below. I have a team of volunteers who will help me respond, whether you have a question, specific concern or just need to hear a friendly voice or a ‘virtual’ hug!
We know it will take time to get back to our normal programs, but we are optimistic and have already begun planning the 2nd Annual Cancer CareGivers Awareness Week™, November 16-23rd, with a Proclamation from Governor Ducey. There will be a “ReUnion” Cancer Patient and Caregivers Conference to celebrate our brave patients and families and the wonderful researchers, doctors, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals.
Right now it is hard to think about the future when we are all anxious about our own health and the loss of jobs and savings. But, we at AzMN want to remind everyone that our 1st priority is to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. For Caregivers, you need to do what is best to protect your own health so that you can take care of the patient.
For the medical community, you too need to take care of your own health and that of your family so that you can take the best care of your patients.
We are especially grateful to the 1st Responders, researchers, doctors and nurses for their courageous service and dedication. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
It is important to try and keep in mind that Spring is coming, and many of us will be celebrating Easter and Passover. It can be a time of faith and renewal. Remember, love and hope are still the best medicine!
Barbara and Jack Kavanagh
February 4th, 2020
Your Silent Auction Prize of the President’s Box for 18 was greatly appreciated and allows us to continue our free cancer patient and caregivers programs for Arizona!
Barbara and Jack Kavanagh, Co-Founders
My writing journey is well underway! The goal of this project is to provide insights and resources that will lead the reader to be a more educated cancer patient and a more effective cancer caregiver.
It has been a 28-year journey that has taken us to 5 countries and 3 U.S. states. Over the years, my husband and I have had to find oncologists wherever we lived. We have been fortunate that they were willing to communicate and collaborate with top myeloma specialists at the Mayo Clinic and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. And, now many years later, they have generously offered to contribute their own knowledge and experience to my book, ‘Living with Cancer, a CareGivers Journey ®.
It is not just the cancer patient who is affected by a cancer diagnosis; it affects the entire family, their circle of friends, those in the patient’s workplace, and beyond. The book will include information and resources for the cancer caregiver and patient families, who are such an important part of the cancer team and who are searching for help and hope!
This book will be an invaluable tool for those who have cancer, work with cancer patients, research cancer, educate about cancer and work to bring about improvements in a cancer patient’s quality of life. We are inviting you, the cancer patient and the caregiver, to share your own story and also take the caregiver survey so that we can educate others who are on this journey as well.
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And, for those of you who make an annual charitable donation, please consider making it early this year!
Fall 2020 Book Release
“Living with Cancer, a
A guide for cancer patients, families and Healthcare professionals
By Barbara Kavanagh, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., cancer caregiver with her husband, Jack Kavanagh, a 28 year cancer survivor.
We are proud and grateful for the amazing guest authors, including leading cancer researchers and
specialists, information on early diagnosis, new treatments, 2nd opinions, and other important topics.
Nov 16th – 23rd
AZ Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week!
‘Strike Out Cancer’, was held December 17th at the Millennium Hotel. AzMN’s Benefit to Honor and Celebrate Cancer Patients and Caregivers.
Special thanks to Derrick Hall and the Diamondbacks foundation for sponsoring this event.
December 7th, 9am-12:30pm
AzMN and Cancer Support Community sponsored a Free Cancer Caregivers Seminar: ’Coping with Cancer for the Holidays’, a program for All Cancer Caregivers and Families.
November 18th, 7:30am
AzTV appearance on Monday Morning, November 18th.