As you are aware, the situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic is ever evolving. COCA is working hard to provide our community with relevant information and resources to help everyone during this unprecidented time.
Please check this page frequently for updated information and resouces.
What Cancer Patients Need to Know
The webinar linked below offers helpful information on the implications of COVID-19 and flu for cancer patients.
Are all cancer patients at risk?
Patients with blood malignancies such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and multiple myeloma are most at risk.
Also at risk: those in active treatment for any type of cancer and those who have undergone bone marrow transplants.
(Active treatment is usually defined as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other treatments such as immunotherapies.)
Want a great overview of what you need to know about COVID-19?
Check out this video with Infectious Disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci
(March 26, 2020 interview with Trevor Noah).
Protecting your Emotional Health
On March 31, 2020, COCA Program Director Katlyn Von Muenster will present a webinar on coping with COVID-19 & cancer. You'll find a link to the recorded presentation below.
Katlyn has created a great list of resources that you can access below.
A cancer diagnosis - regardless of its stage - is traumatic and anxiety producing. Now we all (survivors, caregivers, family and friends) are dealing with the uncertainty of a pandemic and its effect on our daily lives. We're adjusting to a new normal and don't know how long it might last.
In our newsletter (linked below) are some resources for coping with uncertainty and the stress that accompanies these unusual times.
Melanie Stachelski, MA who is a Cancer Counselor and Psychotherapist with Colorado Cancer Counseling (and leader of COCA's Nicki's Circle Central Support Group) has created a wonderful resource with beneficial tips for coping in her recent article:
How cancer survivors are uniquely prepared to deal with the emotional turmoil of COVID19
In the strangest way, cancer survivors are uniquely prepared to deal with the emotional turmoil of Coronavirus because they have already faced many of the issues that our society is now grappling with:
Fear of an unknown (and often invisible threat)
Feeling overwhelmed, disoriented, and anxious
Hypervigilance about viruses and germs
The loss of your sense of safety and predictability in the world
Isolation and the contraction of your social life
A dark uncertainty about the future
We are here for you
If what you are feeling seems bigger than the techniques provided in our newsletter can support, we are here to help.
If you are an ovarian cancer survivor or caregiver, we are available to talk by phone with you about the emotional challenges of cancer and COVID-19. Contact us at 720-724-8612 or email@example.com to set up a time to connect, or fill out our Consent to Contact form and we will follow up with you. Our “professional mentors” are master’s level counselors trained as part of our Individual Support Program (ISP).
All Nicki's Circle Support Groups are now taking place by phone. You can find the schedule and information about participating here: Nicki's Circle
You are not alone! We are here for you!
If you received a Mediciad Cancellation Letter on February 20, 2020 or after (due to an increase of income, for instance), your policy will not be cancelled until the COVID-19 emergency is deemed to be over.
Call 211 to ask about local rent assistance programs. Here is a list of rent assistance programs by county.
Apply for rent assistance at Colorado Peak
3/20 Governor Polis Rent Guidelines:
Governor Jared Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 012 addressing evictions, foreclosures, including the providing $3 million from the distaster emergency fund to Department of Housing to provide short term rental and mortgage assistance to low income households (<50% ami) economically impacted by COVID-19. DOH is working with its non-profit, local government and housing authority partners to stand up a program to get this assistance to low-income families and individuals across the state as quickly and efficiently as possible. Find more information and resources from the Department of Local Affairs.
Governor Polis requested that municipal and county governments refrain from using law enforcement to carry out evictions or foreclosures against Colorado families unless there is a threat to public safety. He also encouraged banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions holding residential or commercial mortgages to follow the lead of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and halt foreclosures and related evictions that are due to income reductions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Polis also requested that all property owners and landlords refrain from removing tenants or mobile home owners without cause or as a result of late rent payment or minor tenancy violations through April 30, unless public safety requires it. He also asked that all property owners and landlords refrain from imposing a fee for the late payment or nonpayment of rent through the end of April.
Further assistance is also provided by the Federal Stimulus package passed last week.
Phone Bills: All incumbent providers have signed FCC pledge to not cut service off for 60 days
Denver Water: Suspended all scheduled water-shut-offs resulting from delinquent payment to ensure customers continue to have access to water. If a customer is concerned about being able to pay their water bill, contact Denver Water’s customer care team at 303-893-2444. Our team will work with each customer to evaluate applicable options, such as payment plans, waiving late fees, delaying water turn-offs, or connecting the customer with other resources such as TRUA (Temporary Rent and Utility Assistance).
XCEL ENERGY: Disconnections for nonpayment of gas service in Colorado has been halted. If customers are having trouble with their bills, click here.
T-Mobile: T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days. Soon T-Mobile will provide T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days. T-Mobile is working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers free extra data up to 5GB of data per month for the next 60 days. T-Mobile is offering free international calling for all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers to Level 3 impacted countries. Pledged not to terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills.
Black Hill Energy: Temporarily suspending nonpayment disconnections for our customers. We offer various assistance options to our customers such as, payment arrangements, budget billing and medical extensions.
Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free. Here is a map of hotspots.We will not disconnect a customer's internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can't pay their bills during this period. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service. For those with school-age students at home, we've created new educational collections for all grade levels.
Below are some additional resources that may help you to cope during this time:
Mayo Clinic: COVID-19: Tips for Mindfulness & Coping with Anxiety
Workouts from Home: https://morningchalkup.com/2020/03/18/a-comprehensive-guide-to-mostly-free-at-home-workout-programs/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3192020%20Morning%20Chalk%20Up&utm_content=3192020%20Morning%20Chalk%20Up+Version+A+CID_9ec744fc1797977f0469a68b7488acba&utm_source=subscriber&utm_term=Continue%20Reading
Online Course from Yale University on The Science of Well Being: https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being?ranMID=40328&ranEAID=EHFxW6yx8Uo&ranSiteID=EHFxW6yx8Uo-UpXI0eDNlF_lyXW3zFiOeQ&siteID=EHFxW6yx8Uo-UpXI0eDNlF_lyXW3zFiOeQ&utm_content=10&utm_medium=partners&utm_source=linkshare&utm_campaign=EHFxW6yx8Uo
And here are some useful articles to explore:
Down Dog (Yoga App): https://www.downdogapp.com/
Insight Timer (Meditation/Breathing App): https://insighttimer.com/
Headspace (Meditation/Breathing App): https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app
Daily Yoga (Yoga App): https://www.dailyyoga.com/
(Partially) Free Apps: