Good morning everyone!!!
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to take part in the MRF phone buddy training program. Let me tell you, it is a wonderful program!!! For those that don't know what a phone buddy is, a person that contacts the MRF can request to have a buddy. The buddy is someone who will listen to what you have to say. A non-judgemental person that will listen. You can tell your buddy things that you may not know how to say to friends/family and the buddy will listen.
Often times patients have a hard time communicaiting things when they are first diagnosed. They can have a hard time expressing to their cargegivers how they feel about things and even have a hard time simply staiting "I am scared." You can bounce ideas off of your buddy that has "been there, done that" and the buddy can give you ideas on how to state what you are feeling. They buddy can also help formulate a list of questions to ask your physicians, point you in the direction of resources for clinical trials, and simply listen.
If you, or anybody you know, could benefit from having a phone buddy, contact Mary Mendoza at the MRF either by phone or email. I will include the links for her contact infor below.
Have a great day!
Mary Mendoza can be reached at 1-800-673-1290 or MMendoza@melanoma.org
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