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george12george12 Posts: 9
edited May 2020 in Carers Corner

I'm in remission from cancer but would like to become a carer would this be possible with the covid-19 many thanks


  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 789 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Good morning,

    I think the first people to contact regarding this would be your medical team, especially in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. The last thing you need is to put yourself at an increased risk of contracting the virus. It may depend on the type of cancer you had and how long you have been in remission from it.

    I know the Govt are in the process of contacting everyone who is deemed to be at a higher risk and vulnerable, people are receiving text messages etc to isolate for 12 weeks.

    It is admirable that you want to be able to help others in need, I hope you can find the answers you need in order to make the right decision.

    Take care,

    Lou x

  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 112 Oncology Specialist Nurse

    @george12 @LouiseJ


    Completely agree with the advice Lou gave as if you are only recently in remission and in the light of coronavirus it may not be such a good idea. Good on you for wanting to help though.

    Best wishes and good luck

    Liz 🌻

    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭


    H there

    I think it is wonderful to hear that you want to become a carer following your own battle with cancer.

    As someone who is considered vulnerable, I decided to get involved from a distance as it were. I am part of a little group making phone and video calls to people who live on their own and need to hear a human voice, even if it’s only mine. Haha, talking is something I do. My Dad used to say that I was injected with a gramophone needle when I was born. Seriously, perhaps you have a local group who keep in touch by phone with isolated and lonely people. It is actually very rewarding and fun.


  • george12george12 Posts: 9

    Hi Rob thank you you sound an amazing person I'm going to look at what else i can do I'm helping 3 elderly neighbours with shopping and anything they might need stay safe look after yourself


  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2020


    Hi Gill

    I think that it is great to know that you are helping elderly neighbours with shopping etc. Do be careful though, you really should not take any risks with this virus as you may be vulnerable yourself.

    I feel that the current issue of social isolation is in some respects making us more aware of the awfulness of loneliness which can so easily lead to depression. Nearly all of the people I chat to are really interesting and have wonderful stories to tell and I enjoy our chats.

    Rob x

  • george12george12 Posts: 9

    I will I'm lucky to have my kids with me we will get through this and come out the other side takecare besafe x


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