– by Shelly Crossland
There is no denying that we live in a technology-dominated world. From iPhones to iPads, information has never been easier to access. At LIVESTRONG, we strive to give you the tools you need to navigate your cancer journey, which is why we have created our very own iPad app, inspired by the LIVESTRONG Guidebook.
For years, the guidebook has been helping people navigate the cancer journey by providing essential tools and answering pressing questions. The two-volume book contains helpful information and journal spaces for survivors to address any physical, emotional and practical concerns. It covers everything from understanding insurance and financial issues to finding hope during this difficult time.
For many cancer patients, our guidebook has been a great source of comfort. Cancer survivor Gayla Rhodes was not sure what LIVESTRONG could do for her when she was first diagnosed, but knew she needed guidance and support. After ordering the guidebook, she found that some weight was lifted off her shoulders. “Those notebooks told me how to get from point A to B. They made my head spin much less and I kept them near for reference.” (Read Gayla’s full story here).
In 2011 we decided it was time to adapt to the world of technology, creating the free Cancer Guide and Tracker app for iPads. This easy-to-use app provides all of the information and tools you need to make informed decisions throughout your cancer journey with just the tap of a finger. It includes resources from the LIVESTRONG Guidebook that have proved to be so beneficial for people like Gayla, as well as new elements made possible by technology.
The app has many handy features. Firstly, it allows you to store personal information like your diagnosis, treatments, symptoms, appointments and important contacts, and stay organized with calendars, tables and logs. You can create journal entries with text, images and audio, so you can revisit any stage of your treatment whenever you like.
The full guidebook is included so you can immediately find answers to any questions, and you will have direct links to LIVESTRONG‘s Cancer Navigation Center staff who are here to provide you free, confidential, one-on-one support.
If you have been diagnosed, please take advantage of the resources and support we provide by downloading the Cancer Guide and Tracker app from iTunes. For more information, a step-by-step guide for using the app and answers to your frequently asked questions, visit our website.
Don’t have an iPad? No problem! Join Gayla and many others as the proud owner of the free LIVESTRONG Guidebook.