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Do you qualify for Social Security disability as a cancer patient? 5 tests

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Social Security pays benefits for a medical condition that is expected to last for at least a year, or may result in death.  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) supports the aged, blind or disabled who have little or no income, providing cash for basics like food, clothing and shelter. According to social workers at the Johns Hopkins(...)

Let’s give thanks to caregivers

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*This post was written by Marie Borsellino, B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N., oncology nurse navigator for the Managing Cancer at Work Program. In November 2012, the Obama administration issued a proclamation that recognizes the challenges faced by the approximately 65 million Americans who care for their sick, elderly, and disabled relatives and friends. President Obama said: “National(...)

Caring for the Caregiver

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Speaking at a breast cancer caregiver support group recently, I listened closely as they joked with one another about remaining in the “doghouse“ during the entirety of their wife or girlfriends’ oncology treatments and for several months once active care completed.  Although they were laughing and seemed to be taking it in stride, I could not(...)