The overall impacts of cancer can be immense, not only for the patient but also on their family, friends, and caregivers. Supporting a loved one through the cancer process impacts all aspects of one’s life, as it is common to be affected emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually (Northouse, 2012). As the prevalence of cancer is increasing in our society, St. Olaf College is striving to provide resources to support Oles through the impacts of cancer. The following resources and information are options available whether you are dealing with a personal diagnosis, or supporting a loved one.
The following are resources on campus that are available to Oles:
-If you are interested in talking one-on-one with a trained peer educator, visit the Wellness Center. Peer educators advocate for healthy lifestyles and collaborate with the Counseling center, Residential Life, Health Services, etc.
-If speaking with a professional therapist is appealing then contact the Counseling Center (507-786-3062) and set up an appointment. All currently enrolled St. Olaf students can utilize the counseling center services free of charge.
-If you are looking for support through faith and prayer, it is possible to meet with the campus pastor (507-786-3092).
-If you want to raise awareness about cancer in our society, get involved with other Oles who are passionate about raising awareness as well! St. Olaf Cancer Connection (SCC) is a student organization on campus which provides cancer-related opportunities in the areas of volunteering, cancer education and awareness, outreach and fund-raising. Relay for Life is the largest event that SCC organizes, which allows the community to come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loves ones lost, and fight back against cancer.
The following are organizations that provide reliable information on cancer:
-American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org
-Cancer Care – www.cancercare.org
-National Cancer Institute – www.cancer.gov
Information gathered from:
Northouse, L. L. (2012). Helping Patients and Their Family Caregivers Cope with
Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39 (5), 500-506.