Today we moved into the Hope Lodge. It is a completely free resource provided by the American Cancer Society for cancer patients who have to spend an extended amount of time in the city. If I’d known New York could be this affordable I’d have gotten cancer years ago!
Here is an excerpt from the American Cancer Society website, explaining the program: Hope Lodge NYC offers 61 comfortable guest suites, with access to communal kitchens, activity rooms, and services. All Hope Lodge services—lodging and support programs—are offered completely free of charge. Hope Lodge NYC is minutes away from some of the nation’s most reputable cancer centers. For many families, Hope Lodge means an opportunity to access specialized cancer treatments and clinical trials that may not be available closer to home.
Beyond free lodging, Hope Lodge New York City provides patients and caregivers with the support they need to navigate their cancer experience and renew their courage and strength. Guests are invited to participate in Look Good…Feel Better programs, special shared meals, yoga classes, and more. Kitchens, laundry facilities, and relaxing lounges are common areas where friendships frequently form.
The American Cancer Society partners with major cancer centers in New York City to identify patients with greatest need. Reservations requests are made through medical treatment providers. To find out more, call the American Cancer Society at 1.800.ACS.2345.
We are obviously incredibly grateful for this resource and have already signed up for our Swedish Massages on Sunday morning. I’m honestly not kidding about the massages.
But in all seriousness, this is such an incredible program and I feel fortunate that they are here to help ease some of the burden during this time.
Tomorrow I go in for blood work at 9am to see where my WBCs are right now. Hopefully they have rebounded a little bit because it’s pretty obnoxious trying to dodge people on the streets and having to be so germ-conscious. Not really a guy thing I don’t think.