Your nurse navigator is supported by one of our many volunteer navigators.
Our volunteer navigators are Harford County residents, your neighbors, who have received specialized training. Our volunteer navigators understand what you are going through because they are cancer survivors or have taken care of a loved one with cancer.
Our volunteer navigators are aware of what services and resources you need and will work with your nurse navigator and social worker to provide education, coordinate care, and serve as a trusted resource for the you, your family members, and your caregivers. They are your support network throughout the experience ensuring that help is provided at every step along the way.
Support During the "Breathless" Stage
Longtime Chesapeake Cancer Alliance member and registered nurse Abbie Grimes was well educated about cancer. Despite all of her knowledge, it took her breath away when she found out that her oldest son had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in May 2004.
"All of my education about the disease didn't matter, I felt scared and lost. My son is now doing well but those six months during treatment were the longest six months of my life. When I learned of the Cancer LifeNet volunteer navigator program, I knew I wanted to become involved. Because of my experience with my son, I knew how it felt to hear that your loved one had cancer. I wanted to be there right at that "breathless" stage and help patients have access to the resources they need most. I want my patients to know that someone who has navigated through the system is there looking out for their well being."
Helping Men Cope with Prostate Cancer
Volunteer navigator Don Keyser knows that the time between the diagnosis of cancer to when treatment begins is a very lonely time. He knows this because three years ago, Don was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"There was about a two month time span between my initial diagnosis and treatment. Those weeks were the worst of my life. My diagnosis was always on my mind. I wanted to get rid of the cancer. Even though I had a supportive wife and a skilled surgeon, it was a very hard time for me. I successfully completed my treatment and became a regular attendee of the monthly Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group offered at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
"At those meetings, I learned of the Cancer LifeNet Program at Upper Chesapeake Health and of the need for volunteer navigators to help guide patients through their treatment for cancer. I know what it is like to have prostate cancer and also how hard it is for many men to talk about what they are going through. As a navigator, I hope to help others through that incredibly lonely time."
You don't have to face cancer alone. Call the Cancer LifeNet Helpline at 1-866-393-4355 for support.