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New Mexico Department of Health
In Remembrance of Ms. Janet Cross
A message from the Cross family:
We wish to honor the passing of Ms. Janet Cross and her desire to be remembered through donations to Cancer Support Now.
This donation is on behalf of Janet's sisters:
Joanne Meacham and Jeanne Zimmerman.
Seeking Bilingual Spanish Speakers for Peer Support
Interested in helping other people with cancer? We're looking for bilingual Spanish speakers to offer telephone peer support for people looking for help dealing with cancer. We will train you. (this is not for medical information or for counseling-you'd be a friendly ear who understands the journey).
Please contact 505-255-0405 if you'd like to help. Thank you
¿Interesado en ayudar a otras personas con cáncer? Buscamos hispanohablantes bilingües que han pasado por experiencia de cáncer para ofrecer apoyo telefónico a personas que ahora buscan ayuda para lidiar con él. Te entrenaremos. Esto no es para dar información médica ni para dar consejos. Usted sólo será un oído amistoso que comprenderá su jornada.
Si le gustaría ayudar por favor comuníquese al 505-255-0405. Gracias
Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act
The New Mexico Legislature will be considering the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act (house bill 47) this session. If passed it will allow terminally ill patients who meet certain criteria to request a prescription for life-ending medicine from their health provider.
If you’re interested in knowing more you can view more information here.
If you’d like to voice support for the bill you may contact your state legislator and/or the bill’s sponsor Rep. Debbie Armstrong
We are the the Cancer Support Now community.
We come from everywhere.
We come in all colors, sizes, shapes and ages. On the surface, we may seem to have nothing in common. Dig a little, and you’ll find that we share a special bond that transcends our wide diversity. Each of us has been affected by cancer. We are survivors and caregivers. Some of us have been cast in both roles. Each of us has a story to tell, and together, our stories form a rich tapestry of caring and support that has been woven together through our connections to Cancer Support Now and to one another.
HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE
Today healthcare systems are complicated, causing patients to feel overwhelmed when faced with the challenge of seeking treatment for a diagnosis of cancer. Cancer Support Now is partnering with Liminal Patient Navigation Consultants to offer a class for anyone diagnosed with cancer and/or their family members. The class will describe techniques to ease the transition into becoming a patient and/or caregiver through education, understanding, and self-advocacy. The discussions will help patients and family members look at and alleviate their distress, as well as identify the most common barriers they might encounter. Each session will describe the nuts and bolts of acquiring resources so they can gain the support, information and medical services they will need to help them build a sense of hope and empowerment. Please call the Cancer Support Now helpline at 505-255-0405 or visit the Cancer Support Now website at cancersupportnow.org to learn more. Classes will be hosted on Zoom beginning September 9, 12:00 pm – 1:30pm. The classes will be offered monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 12:00 pm, with hopes that these will meet in person once it is safe to gather.
Colleen Sullivan-Moore, RN, CN-BN, MS, is the founder of Liminal Patient Navigation Consultants, LLC. She was born in Albuquerque, graduated from the University of New Mexico, and is the founder of the Patient Navigator Programs at Presbyterian Cancer Center and Lovelace Medical Center.