In those cases we move to the next step. We gather details and initiate a process with our trusted network of physicians that leads to an appointment, usually within 24 hours. By day’s end, another frantic cry for help has turned in to words of encouragement and a path forward. Another urgent “Help me” has become a hope-filled “Thank you.”
Some patients require a biopsy – another step, another cry for help. Unfortunately, some biopsies lead to a cancer diagnosis. Even then, Careity stays involved. Our social workers help them through the maze of uncertainty and guide them in filling out paperwork for emergency assistance. When cases are aggressive there is no time to waste; we streamline the process for those whose lives are in peril.
Each caller is different and special, but the heartbreak can also be familiar. Families in crisis, single parents, dedicated spouses who can no longer handle the numbing demands of the journey. People overwhelmed by the options, making the journey alone, mostly without any insurance. No wonder depression and anxiety are constant companions.
Careity is hands-on direct patient care, with a reach made possible daily by our clinical staff and our network of physicians at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders along with Dr. Amy Gunter and Solis Mammography.
Careity social workers are available to help patients with the support that they need to push through each of the next days that they face. Nurse cancer navigators help and enable patients throughout their cancer treatment, no matter how many months or years that may be. Careity licensed dieticians keep patients healthy in order for them to get through their treatment. A Careity psychotherapist and chaplain help not only the patient but their families, too. Medical massage therapy, reflexology and acupuncture programs also play a huge part in alleviating some of the anxiety.
Every new call we receive is a journey. But it’s also an opportunity that we welcome to play an involved part in someone’s life at a critical time. Careity brings together the people and resources to give patients and families hope and keep them focused on healing.
Help. Hope. Healing. It’s our calling, so we are always ready for the next call.
Careity Foundation is a Texas 501(c)3 with two initiatives. Careity is dedicated to providing on site support services in an oncology setting for economically challenged cancer patients and through early detection in North Texas. The pediatric palliative care program is directed at providing relief to children with devastating diseases and life threatening illnesses at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
Since its inception, Careity Foundation has set the platinum standard in the nonprofit community. Careity Foundation was the first in the nation to offer oncology massage in the chemotherapy room to relieve the side effects of drug therapy in patients.