Thank you Pfizer for sponsoring this post. Join Pfizer’s #InspirationLives initiative by sharing your story with the hashtag 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!
Young Breast Cancer Survivor Diagnosed at Age 31
I am a young breast cancer survivor. On September 25, 2009, I became part of the group no one ever wants to belong. Eight years ago, over the phone, I heard the dreaded words, “You have cancer.”
Helping Others After My Cancer Diagnosis
Shortly after being diagnosed, I decided I would do something good with what I was given. After that, it became my duty to share my story and help others facing cancer. As I came to learn, cancer is so much more than just the diagnosis and treatment. It’s a lifelong journey that changes the way you live life.
Lack of Cancer Resources 8 Years Ago
At the time, there were not many easily accessible tools to help those affected by cancer. I really had to search for relevant online groups and navigate the many articles and books out there.
Pfizer’s This is Living with Cancer™
Thankfully, now, through Pfizer’s novel initiative This is Living with Cancer™, Pfizer is sharing inspirational posts, tools and support for those living with cancer. This is Living with Cancer is a national awareness program that includes a mobile app for anyone living with cancer called LivingWith™. It is designed to help manage some of the daily challenges faced by people living with cancer.
As a young adult with young children, I would have loved to have the mobile app, LivingWith, which helps patients and caregivers build a network of support and organize key documents. It also enables patients and their loved ones to record certain important information, track mood and pain and learn about local events and nutrition. People can download the LivingWith app at no charge via the Apple store, Google app store, or via www.ThisIsLivingWithCancer.com.
I am so excited that there is an app now that can help other cancer patients like me and their caregivers. Now there is help for managing life with cancer that organizes important information in one place.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.