“The challenge for me as a cancer patient, is that my husband is a frontline health care worker.” – Michelle Mallin, currently in treatment for a rare metastatic sarcoma.
1. What are you doing to protect yourself right now?
I’ve been on lockdown, closely following the guidelines for people at high-risk for COVID-19; which include only going out for necessary doctor’s appointments and limiting public interaction.
2. What’s the hardest part of being married to someone on the front lines of COVID-19?
The stress of having to be hypervigilant about taking precautionary measures because I’m immunocompromised. I miss things about my husband people often take for granted, we haven’t shared a hug or kiss in over a month.
3. What is your advice to others facing cancer right now?
Focus on your immediate health needs, find support where you can, and follow recommendations for keeping yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.
4. Why is it important for everyone to follow social distancing guidelines right now?
Surreal is the only word I can come up with to describe what’s going on right now, but social distancing can ultimately help save lives.