When I sat through many many too many chemo sessions, I spoke with the patients in the infusion center. Cancer provokes many things. One of the most interesting rewards of having cancer is the immediate intimacy that develops between patients. These patients and their families were kindred spirits. They inspired me. They changed my purpose and my passion.
Most of the patients were profoundly worried about their financial futures at the same time they were coping with their fears and uncertainties. Their anxiety was strong and palpable.
I vowed to make a difference for these people and for those who will follow with similar stories.
Nancy’s List was originally to be a list of available resources for financial assistance. It was my response to these powerful conversations between strangers.
As Nancy’s List has evolved through my attempts to meet the needs of cancer patients, I return to my focus on finding the money and making financial assistance available to all of us who are overwhelmed by this reality. I hope I am helpful.
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