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If you are helping a family member or friend through cancer treatment, you ARE a caregiver. Much like cancer survivors themselves, caregivers need access to resources and systems of support to continue to persevere in the fight against ovarian cancer. Ovar'coming Together provides programs to support caregivers (and survivors). Please reach out to us at any time for resources or to share a special need. If we can’t help,

 

When a diagnosis of cancer is delivered to a patient, the effect is obviously traumatic. The lives of the caregivers – the people who love and care for those with cancer – are also inescapably impacted. Individuals find themselves in roles they hadn’t anticipated. The roles rarely remain within the boundaries of previous comfort levels. They are often very physically and emotionally demanding. The struggle to balance one's hope and love with fear, financial stress, exhaustion and, sometimes, guilt, can be confusing and draining. A caregiver's role is an important one. The caregiver is in the best position to ensure continuity of a person's care.  

 

You are NOT alone and that what you do is truly special!

Caregiver programs NOTE: Some programs may be postponed due to COVID-19

 

EDUCATION MEETINGS

Medical professionals and other qualified experts speak, on occasion and at our request, regarding a variety of topics such as survivorship, caregiver skills, support for caregivers, genetics, diet, treatments, complementary medicine and more. Meeting announcements are emailed and a schedule of upcoming events can always be found on the organization's calendar.

PEER CONNECTIONS

For many caregivers, connecting with another caregiver can be extremely helpful and meaningful. Most likely, a fellow caregiver has experienced similar physical, emotional and practical issues of caregiving, Upon request, and with permission from both parties, Ovar'coming Together is happy to connect caregivers. This arrangement can be extremely supportive and lead to long-lasting friendships or simply short-term connections to share experiences. 

SUPPORT
PACKAGE

If you are a husband or adult child of a survivor who accompanies your wife/mother to chemo appointments, please let us know. We have a small support package we would like to share with you. Please simply call or email us. 

Caregiver resources

The following resources may help guide you in your survivor journey.

The following organizations also include support and resources to ovarian cancer survivors. 
Click on the organization title to be directed toward their website.

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA)
Largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Holds an annual Ovarian Cancer National Conference. Survivors, caregivers and supporters are invited to choose from dozens of breakout sessions and meet hundreds of others whose lives have been touched by ovarian cancer.

National Cancer Institute
The Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
NCCS’ mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer. Offers an award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox® which is a FREE self-advocacy audio program. It was created by leading cancer organizations to help people living with cancer develop skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness. 

Caring Bridge
A nonprofit organization which allows people facing various medical conditions and their family and friends to communicate. It is the first non-profit social network with global reach whose mission is to connect loved ones during a health journey through personal and private websites. 

 

World Ovarian Cancer Coalition (WOCC)

The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a not-for-profit organization, working across the globe to reduce the impact ovarian cancer has on the lives of women and their loved ones. Sponsors World Ovarian Cancer Day. 

 

American Cancer Society
A nationwide, community-based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

 

Cancer Care
A national nonprofit organization that provides free support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them better cope with the emotional and practical challenges arising from cancer.

Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana
Indiana nonprofit organization that provides psychological and social support for people with cancer and their families. Services include weekly support groups, mind/body stress management programs, educational workshops, and networking/social activities.

 

Supporting someone newly diagnosed?
Request a HOPE Packet

HOPE PACKETS are packets of information provided FREE of charge to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and to medical professionals who assist in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Packets include books, resource listings, general information, brochures, catalogs, awareness materials, and more.