Thank you Pfizer for sponsoring this post. Join Pfizer’s This Is Living With Cancer™ initiative by sharing your story with #InspirationLives on Facebook and Instagram to support and inspire those who have been affected by cancer, and be sure to check out the LivingWith™ mobile app available via iTunes and Google Play.

Millennial caregivers are somewhat of a hidden demographic. Chances are you have friends who provide and care for a relative, and you might not even know it. It’s a space that lacks communication because oftentimes, it’s difficult for caregivers to ask for help and for others to know how to help. Truthfully, caring for family members can be very challenging, and caregivers often need as much support as they can find.  

It matters that caregivers get the support they need. That’s where This Is Living With Cancer™ comes in. This Is Living With Cancer is a national awareness program by Pfizer designed to help people manage their lives with cancer and stay connected to their communities.

The program also includes an app called LivingWith™ that allows you to build a circle of support to keep everyone connected and updated. You can also send requests and ask for help with things like grocery trips, coordinating rides, help with household chores and running errands. What’s more, there’s also a place to keep track of health updates like mood, pain and sleep, which can then be shared within your community or with your doctor. From a caregiver perspective, this keeps everything you might need in one simple and easy-to-manage space.

When I was in the fourth grade, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately, this was before the time of apps, social media and smartphones, so all of our communication with friends and family was done over the phone. It may not have changed the outcome, but having an app that streamlined scheduling and updating others, as well as having additional resources at our fingertips, would have made that time in my life a lot less confusing.

Start by downloading the app here. When you open it, you’ll be able to register either as someone who is living with cancer or as a supporter with an invite code from a patient.  

Cancer is not something anyone should have to face alone. You should always know that support from your community and additional resources are available to you. Caring for a loved one with cancer is also not something you should have to face alone. Having your community with you conveniently connected on an app is useful for at least three reasons:

1. It helps you manage a schedule.

You can’t be in two places at once, and many times as a caregiver, that’s what is required of you. When my dad had cancer, his treatments often overlapped with the time school let out. Though my family had a strong community, my mom would have to take time on the phone, making multiple calls, to see who was available to pick the kids up. With LivingWith, all you have to do is make a request and have someone respond.

2. You can share updates.

In my experience, when you get news from a doctor’s appointment, good or bad, your friends and family generally want to know about it. I grew up in a small community, abundant with caregivers, and the word travels fast. With the app, you can share your updates and feelings in your own time to your own community. It’s easy to stay connected and up-to-date.

3. You’re supported.

When your community surrounds you, they want to know how you’re doing and what they can do to help you. The answer isn’t always clear, but even just knowing someone is there and cares can make a world of difference. Whether it’s sending positive messages after a doctor’s appointment, or inviting someone out for lunch, there is strength in community.

If you’re a caregiver or someone you know is, consider passing on this post to them and checking out the app here. For more information and to download the LivingWith mobile app, please visit Patients and their loved ones also can find the initiative on Facebook and Instagram.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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