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Do You Participate in Cancer Surveys?

How many times have you been at the mall and been approached (perhaps almost begged) to take part in a survey? How many times have you said said yes, or no, or just kept right on walking pretending not to even notice the poor person standing there with clipboard in hand? How many times have you felt guilty for giving someone the brush off? 

This has certainly happened to me many times. Generally, I say no. I’m in too big of a hurry or just not interested, usually I don’t even stop or slow down much. And those phone surveys. Never.

Today I’m taking time to slow down and participate. Perhaps you might want to do the same.

I was contacted the other day by a woman from Virginia Commonwealth University who is pursuing her doctoral in counseling/psychology and she asked me if I would be willing to get the word out regarding a survey she is conducting for her dissertation. I agreed to assist her. 

This particular survey’s purpose is to gain a better understanding of the social support and services cancer patients receive online and off. The survey asks you to give your thoughts and feelings on your own support system(s). You merely check answers off, no essay questions involved!

Since I am a big supporter of research, I agreed to not only spread the word here on my blog, but also to complete the survey. It took me about 40  minutes, but I’m slow at this kind of thing; sometimes I over think! Completing this survey got me to thinking a bit about my own support systems, but I’ll save those thoughts for another day so as to not to skew anything improperly.

If you have had cancer or know someone who has and are interested in taking part in this survey, here is the link:   Support Survey.

While I’m at it, another worthwhile survey I took part in recently is the Chemotherapy Hair Loss Study. Hair loss is a HUGE issue for cancer patients (in fact, in my next post I’m revisiting  this topic again) so this survey seems worth the time and only took minutes. Loved that. The findings will be published in international nursing journals and presented at health care conferences, so they will be put to good use. Here is that link as well:  Hair Loss Study.

As a cancer patient, I do feel some responsibility to participate in some stuff like this. I want to do my part in helping others, especially those in the medial community, to better understand cancer’s impact on a person’s psyche as well as the physical ramifications. Sometimes the emotional ramifications cut even deeper.

So take part if you are able or interested!

Do you ever take part in surveys of any kind? Why or why not?

If you have had cancer, do you feel a responsibility to help with this kind of research?

 

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ron

Sunday 3rd of April 2011

I usually do not answer surveys, like most people i just can't be bothered. but you certainly raised an interesting issue, because I guess some surveys are worth the bother. I will certainly reconsdier

Nancy

Sunday 3rd of April 2011

Ron, Thank you for commenting and I certainly know what you mean about not wanting to be bothered. That's the way most of us feel.

Lori Hope

Saturday 2nd of April 2011

Great question, Nancy. I do answer such surveys, because I recently conducted one myself and how could I ask others to do that which I would not do myself? Of course we have to be selective, but when it's something that can really help those who come after us, how can we not?

I hope you answered my survey, and if you didn't, please do, even though it's now closed. I'll check it a few more times before my book goes to press. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/367413/Help-Me-Live

Thanks again for all you do, Lori

Nancy

Saturday 2nd of April 2011

Lori, Thank you for reading and commenting. I just completed your survey, (better late than never). It's important work you are doing. When does the new book come out?

Ginny Marie @ Lemon Drop Pie

Friday 1st of April 2011

P.S. I love your crocus photo! I hope all that white stuff in your yard disappears soon. :)

Nancy

Saturday 2nd of April 2011

Ginny, Thanks, they are such a gorgeous color aren't they? And the white stuff is finally slowing disappearing!

Ginny Marie @ Lemon Drop Pie

Friday 1st of April 2011

I took a survey when I was at my oncologist's office once. I've also been waiting to see if I qualify for a study at www.armyofwomen.org, but so far I'm too far out from my breast cancer diagnosis to qualify. My sister qualified for one study through Army of Women, and she's thrilled to be helping the research they are doing!

Nancy

Saturday 2nd of April 2011

Ginny, That's great to hear. Thank you!

WhiteStone

Friday 1st of April 2011

Phone surveys never. Who knows what scammer is on the other end. I'll check our the survey links you've included.

Nancy

Friday 1st of April 2011

WhiteStone, Good to see you back and commenting! Thank you. I've missed your comments of late. Yes, those scammers are out there... Thanks for checking the links out.