“When the pandemic started, I knew right away that people living with cancer would be one of the most impacted groups,” explains Marie. “Patient associations were working around the clock to adapt to the new reality, but they could not supply all the same services. Since we were already partnering with the LLSC, I first reached out to them and asked if I could help.”
The answer was a resounding "yes." LLSC was receiving countless calls a week from people and care partners asking about the virus, the vaccine, their treatments and what they should do to protect themselves.
“Everything was closed, and patients were scared. They needed accessible information and someone to assuage their concerns. So, LLSC asked if I could answer patient needs by demystifying the impact of COVID-19 on their daily life as people fighting cancer. In collaboration with their team, outside of my work, I developed twelve articles on several topics such as vaccination and caring for someone who is immunocompromised.”
From March to July 2020, Marie was able to dedicate one day a week to LLSC.