Nothing prepares you for it. Nothing could.
I was 49 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2004. My friends and health care professionals suggested many things to help me get through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Aside from products given to me by two dental hygienists, a lot of energy was spent tracking down various items.
During and in between treatments, I knew I wanted to share my experiences. I often thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everything a cancer patient might need came organized in a kit?” I started Hurdle Jumpers® to assist others who are about to start or are in the midst of cancer treatment. Our kits are designed to make a difference because they are conceived from a patient’s perspective. Each kit will help patients & caregivers be involved and active in their care, help reduce stress and anxiety, and help gain a sense of control. As a cancer survivor, I know what it feels like to start the journey to wellness.
The first generation Hurdle Jumpers® kits are “my chemo care kit” and “my radiation care kit”. All Hurdle Jumpers® kits have a practical focus: to give patients a sense of control through education and knowledge, along with the items on hand if and when needed. This will make it easier to get through the medical experience and manage related side effects. At first I thought the kits would be for breast cancer patients, like myself, but I quickly realized other types of cancer patients could benefit as well.
Both kits contain a sheet of reminders and tips, donated samples and A Blue Day Book- A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up by Bradley Trevor Greive. I found these products and comfort items enormously helpful during months of chemo, before and after surgeries, and during radiation treatments.
Other planned kits include: “kids chemo care”, “pre- and post- surgery”; there are new ideas everyday; for now, Hurdle Jumpers® is focused on chemo and radiation. And there are plans to work with manufacturers to make full-size units of the products included in each kit available to under-served and minority communities.
Our goal is to provide these kits free of charge. We want the patient to focus on getting well, rather than having to re-invent the wheel.
This was an unmet need. Until now.
The response from industry has been incredible; virtually all items in our kits have been donated. These nationally recognized pharmaceutical and consumer health companies are equally convinced of the Hurdle Jumpers® valuable and important mission.
We are a non-profit public benefit corporation; exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). We look forward to hearing from you.
– Janet Halbert, Founder & Cancer Survivor