A cancer diagnosis can turn someone’s life upside down. That’s why a group of volunteers, known as navigators, have been lending a hand across St George and the Sutherland Shire.

A cancer diagnosis can turn someone’s life upside down.

That’s why a group of volunteers, known as navigators, have been lending a hand across St George and the Sutherland Shire.

The volunteer navigators have been supporting people one-to-one across the region who find themselves alone, or without the support they need, when their world has been turned upside down by a diagnosis.

That includes helping with challenges like paperwork, organising medication to be delivered, organising transport to get to appointments, and co-ordinating and changing appointments.

The CanCare Navigator Program was launched in late 2016 and has now been running for over a year – helping more than 30 people in its first 12 months.

Volunteer navigator Heather Cameron said as well as support she was happy to be a shoulder to laugh or cry on, an ear to listen without judgment, and a comforting presence when the future was unknown.

“For half an hour, I can take people away from what they’re dealing with. They can tell me anything, their worries or fears, cry or laugh and be happy,” she said. Read more… 

 

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