Jun 11, 2018

How to Navigate Life With Cancer

This post was sponsored by Aflac as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


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“Cancer” can be such a scary word to say out loud. In fact, the right word to describe cancer other than scary would be overwhelming. A few years ago, we found out my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. At the time, they were living in South Carolina, several hundred miles away from family members. As a family, we realized having a cancer diagnosis really does affect everyone within the family: your spouse, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren. It can even affect friendships. We saw how quickly my grandfather went from golfing 9 holes to just wanting to sit on the couch and not be bothered with anything.

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What was a huge blessing was knowing that although cancer can be an extremely overwhelming time in a family and someone’s life, Aflac insurance helps you to prepare for it so it doesn’t have to be so extreme. While 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer sometime within their lifetime, more and more Americans are living with cancer as a manageable disease  (Cancer Facts and Figures,” American Cancer Society, 2017). Aflac’s latest Cancer Protection Assurance policy helps to provide financial footing to cancer victims as well as their families throughout the process. They offer their care and support the moment your loved one is diagnosed with cancer all through treatment until they can recover with the assistance of their innovative and supportive benefits. Policyholders have access to CancerCare, which provides emotional support from oncology social workers, support groups and online tools.
My grandmother had a lot of support from friends and her neighbors while watching my grandfather work through his chemo treatments. She also felt reassured that having the benefits to help with medical bills was only a phone call away when she had questions or concerns about anything. It’s such a breath of fresh air when you know you’re being taken care of.

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Fast forward to 7 years later after the passing of my beloved grandpa, and I’m so happy that my grandma is able to be here to meet and watch my own children grow up. They adore their great grandma and the precious time they have with her while she’s still here. Don’t take for granted the moments you have with your loved ones. That’s what Aflac does for all of their clients. Thanks to them, all you need to worry about is being there for your loved one.
*Aflac Cancer Protection Assurance is a cancer/specified-disease insurance policy. In Oklahoma, Policies B70100OK, B70200OK, B70300OK, B7010EPOK and B7020EPOK. Policy may not be available in all states including but not limited to Idaho, New Jersey and Virginia. The policy has limitations and exclusions that may affect benefits payable. Refer to the policy for complete details, limitations, and exclusions.  For costs and complete details of the coverage, please contact your local Aflac agent.
Coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.
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19 comments:

  1. First, I think cancer is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. I have a strong family history and it concerns me all the time. Second, I didn't have any clue that there were policies out there specifically for cancer patients. I love that there's more support out there than I realized. Very sorry about your grandpa. ~Kristi

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  2. Thank you for sharing this personal information. We have lost a lot of family members to cancer and it never gets easier. I will be looking into this insurance. *Patricia C*

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  3. Cancer is just horrifying. Someone who was like a second mom/aunt to me passed from breast cancer and it was just heartbreaking. One of my aunts has cancer now, and I don't think she's going to be around long. Thanks for sharing! I wish everyone could have piece of mind when it came to paying bills, etc.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  4. Cancer is awful. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and I lost my grandma to cancer when I was a teen. It is stressful on the family, and it is scary for everyone.

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  5. My old employer used to offer this insurance. I would absolutely take it now if I had the chance.

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  6. I have worked with cancer patients and it's such an awful diagnosis. Thank you for sharing such a personal story.

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  7. This must have been hard to share, but I am glad you are giving information that can help those who do not know what can be done to prepare for the big "what ifs" in life.

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  8. You have such a great perspective. Love this. Thank you for the encouraging words….it really made me think.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this,Cait. My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March and was gone in less than 2 weeks from time of diagnosis. The cancer had already metasticized. It was devastating.

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  10. I have a full in my throat. Cancer is a terrible disease and can be tricky to talk about x

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  11. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I can’t imagine how emotional it was for you. You are an inspiration to others who have lost someone to cancer.

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  12. Cancer can be such a loaded word. To be honest, I'm always subconsciously aware of it, I always subconsciously worry about the radiation from my mobile phone, the food I'm eating and even the air I'm breathing.

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  13. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! Thank you for the encouraging words….

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  14. Cancer is a terrible thing. I have lost loved ones to it. It's terrible. Thank you for encouraging others.

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  15. Cancer is such an awful thing. Your grandma's lucky to have such a strong support system around her so she can in turn be there for your grandpa.

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  16. As someone who just spent the last three months organizing insurance, benefits, and wills I can not stress how important those things are. I am glad your grandparents had that assistance and that you have time with your Grandma now

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  17. Thank you for sharing your story, I know a child going through Cancer treatment right now & its so hard to see. I'm glad your grandmother is still with you celebrating life!

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  18. Cancer sucks. Seriously. Lost my father in law to colon/liver cancer and my Dad to lung cancer. Really hoping that there is a cure soon!

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  19. Thank you for sharing your story. Cancer is no joke and brings devastating news when finding out about it. These are great words and shared experience that those who have had lost their love ones to cancer, will appreciate.

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