The Breast Cancer Journey Planner

Carrie Sanders got first-hand experience with cancer at only age 19. During this challenging and traumatic period, she decided that she wanted to dedicate herself to live her life with meaning and purpose by entering the medical field. As a psychotherapist, she’s created a journal that intends to support women through their journey with cancer.

Journaling the breast cancer journey

At last, an easy to use, comprehensive organizer to help women deal with the immense challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment plan is available. The Breast Cancer
Journey Planner
is packed with indispensable resources and worksheets including: helpful advice, questions to ask medical providers, an appointment calendar, journaling pages,
glossary of terms, financial resources, and much more. The three-ring binder has pockets to store and organize information and fits in most purses, making it easy to take to doctor appointments.
The author created the organizer based on her first-hand experience as a cancer survivor and counselor to cancer patients.

Excerpt from the Helpful Hints Chapter

Here are some general guidelines to help make your doctors’ appointments as smooth as possible (your doctors will appreciate it too).

The first time you see any physician—surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, or plastic surgeon—bring with you:

1. Bring a family member or friend to all of your appointments

2. All of your current and prior radiology mammograms and reports (two years past)

3. All of your current laboratory results (e.g., hormone receptors, CBC, chemistry profiles, etc.)

4. All reports of breast surgery you’ve had

5. All of your pathology reports

6. The name, address, fax and phone number of every place where you’ve had any tests (laboratory, X-rays, CAT scans, MRI, etc.)

7. The name, address, fax and phone number of every physician, surgeon, naturopath, and any other healthcare provider you’ve seen pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of your breast cancer

8. A list of all medications you’re taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and vitamins and supplements. Your list should include: the name, the strength, how often, the reason and
when you began taking the medication (days, weeks, months, years).

9. Bring your calendar (like the one provided in this planner) to every doctor’s appointment so you can schedule follow-up visits easily.

10. Bring with you your health history. This should include your past and present illnesses, diseases, surgeries, allergies, and your family health history

Lastly, make sure you feel comfortable discussing your questions, concerns, and fears with your doctors. Remember, they are there to help you get the best possible care.

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