by Karen Irwin, CKN Project Co-ordinator
A Day in the Life….
I looked in the rear view mirror at my son Johnny, buckled in his car seat. His bald head. His big brown eyes without lashes or brows. His skinny, sick little 4 year old body. My eyes filled up with tears. As I turned my attention back to the highway in front of me, I slammed on my brakes when I saw the cars in front of me stopped dead. A quick listen to the all-news radio station told me the highway was closed due to an accident. Drivers were getting out of their cars to stretch their legs and talk on their cell phones. When I stopped the car, Johnny began to cry and yell, telling me that he felt hungry and sick and he wanted me to take him home, and I thought, “Why? Why this? Why now?” Hadn’t he had enough already today?
Byline: Dr. Rob Rutledge is a full-time radiation oncologist and associate professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is co-founder of ‘Healing and Cancer’ a charitable organization dedicated to empowering people affected by cancer and has facilitated over twenty weekend cancer retreats across Canada. Lynne Robinson, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and a specialist in health promotion. In the last decade, Canada has witnessed the successful development of dozens of organizations dedicated in part or wholly to fulfilling the psychosocial needs of people affected by cancer. These Community Based Organizations (CBOs) were created to fill the perceived gap in whole-person care currently not filled by the medical system. The purpose of this article is to overview how the CBOs currently contribute to complete cancer care and to outline a vision of how a true partnership between the CBOs and the medical system could better serve the growing number of cancer survivors.
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