CanPlan Cancer Planner Binder – The Only Planner Made, to Help you Fight Cancer Day by Day – Undated, Daily Cancer Patient Organizer – Best Cancer Gift…
by Sharon Kim | 302 pages
CanPlan, a cancer patient organizer that provides daily reminders, guidelines for positive living, and methods for monitoring and tracking all of the details of your illness every step of the way. (Best Cancer Gift)
• Empower people to share their cancer story.
• Change the way patients/caregivers fight cancer by guiding them through the various stages of cancer.
• Promote self healing by helping patients bring out their inner doctor.
• Encourage a happier, healthier lifestyle with positive thinking & natural therapies.
• Motivate patients to be the expert about their illness.
• Strengthen the relationship between patient and doctor so they can act as a team in achieving treatment goals.
Sharon Kim watched her Mom take her last breathe and vowed to make it better for anyone else having to go through cancer as a caregiver or patient. She created the incredible CanPlan, a labor of love, check it out.
When Sharon reached out to us about sharing her story on the podcast, I was both excited and terrified. Her product, CanPlan, has such a personal connection to her and to me – we both lost our mothers to breast cancer at a young age. In this episode, we talk grief and pain – but we also talk healing and turning trials into triumphs. If you don’t mind getting a bit heavy, there is a lot of wisdom to be learned from Sharon.
CanPlan Cancer Planner Binder (Undated) is a revolutionary planner designed with survivorship in mind. It’s the perfect gift for a newly diagnosed cancer patient, cancer caregiver, cancer survivor, oncologist, oncology nurses, health practitioner, and anyone battling any type of health issue.
It’s a planner, Cancer Patient Organizer, motivator, coach, and therapist all in one portable, customizable binder. It provides daily reminders, guidelines for positive living, and methods for monitoring and tracking all of the details of your illness every step of the way.
This isn’t simply a planner: it’s a roadmap to recovery, a book that will return control of your life back into your hands. Once you’re sick, you know you’ll need a hand. With CanPlan, you’ll have one.
What is CanPlan
If you or a loved one is battling cancer, then you know about the stresses that come along with it: the heartache, the pain, the little changes that you need to make each day. You also know, however, that there is a level of stress that comes along with this fight, stress brought on by the seemingly endless march of pills and appointments and tests and operations.
It’s enough to get to anybody. You try writing it all down, but this isn’t your everyday job: it’s more than that. You’re in a life-or-death situation, and the commitments are piling up. “What do you do?” you ask. “What do you do?”
Now, we have an answer. CanPlan is a one-of-a-kind planner designed specifically for cancer patients and their caregivers. It provides daily reminders, guidelines for positive living, and methods for monitoring and tracking all of the details of your illness every step of the way. This isn’t simply a planner: it’s a roadmap to recovery, a book that will return control of your life back into your hands. Once you’re sick, you know you need a hand. With CanPlan, you’ll have one.
Keep It All In One
No more clutter, no more mess. Keep everything related to your cancer in one place so you can show up to your appointments prepared & organized.
Take control over your illness & be the expert about it. Track everything related to your cancer on a daily basis and put all the information together at the end of the month to form connections about what’s working & not working in your treatment plan.
Start each day off with a positive quote & engage in the interactive exercises that help you stay positive throughout your journey. Be inspired, stay determined & never give up hope.
Tell Your Story
Section for self reflection & thoughts to help you stay in touch with your emotions all throughout your journey. Keepsake for you to see your day-to-day journey with cancer & inspire others with your story.
Set daily, monthly & yearly goals in order to to stay on track with your treatment plan. Use the cancer roadmap to visualize where you are in your treatment and where you need to go. Analyze your strategy and revise if you feel stagnant in your progress.
Figure out all your treatment options ahead of time and weigh out the pros and cons for each so you can choose a plan that best suites your needs. Prepare an action plan if something doesn’t go as expected so you’ll find comfort in knowing you’re still in the driver’s seat.
Utilize Your Resources
Learn to find comfort in asking for help from your community and utilize all the free resources that are available to you. Determine what your needs are, whether it’s help with finances, transportation & housing or emotional support, and figure out how to meet those needs.
Rather than waiting on instructions from your doctor, educate yourself on how you can treat your cancer at home by utilizing the powerful healing remedies of mother nature. Optimize your body’s full potential by feeding it the nutrients it needs and activating it’s fight sensors.
Be Part Of A Community
Every owner of a CanPlan belongs to a community of fighters dedicated to finding an effective plan of attack against cancer. Share your findings through CanPlan by using hashtag (#CanPlanFam) and assist in helping other fighters with their journey.
My Story & Inspration
It was December 6, 2013 when I first found out that my mom was diagnosed with uterine sarcoma cancer. I had recently graduated from SCU with my Bachelors in Psychology & Business and was just beginning my career as a Marketing Manager for a high-paced tech company in the Silicon Valley, when I received a frantic call from my sister saying that I had to come home to Hawaii immediately. Without hesitation, I went with my gut feeling and bought a one way ticket back to Hawaii, leaving my life and career behind.
Three months after my mom finished her last round of chemotherapy, we got a call from the doctor saying that her cancer had metastasized to her lungs. She was now diagnosed with stage 4 cancer with little to no treatment options and three months left to live. I remember instantly feeling numb right when I heard the news because I knew at that point the doctors, our only form of solace, had given up on her. It was now our job to help my mom bring out the doctor in herself.
For all the cancer patients reading this right now, this is the game-changing mentality you need to have from the very beginning. According to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Physician database, there are approximately 13,400 physicians in the United States who specialize primarily in adult medical oncology and/or hematology, while there are approximately 14.5 million Americans living with a history of cancer!
With the doctor to patient ratio being 1:1,044, you can begin to see how the size and demographics of the oncology workforce heavily influence patients’ ability to access high-quality cancer care. This is why it’s more important than ever for patients to start taking control over their cancer. You are the one fighting this battle. You should know your body and your cancer better than anyone else. Your inner doctor is the only doctor capable of helping you win this fight.
With this new mentality in mind, I started to keep track of everything from my mom’s medications & side effects, to her diet, exercise, and mood so that I could gain a better understanding of what her illness was like day by day. She had about 6 different medications & new symptoms arising each day, so I found this to be very effective in monitoring how her body was reacting to certain treatments. Having a systematic way to track an unpredictable illness was the answer I should’ve been looking for from the very beginning. It gave me more control over the situation, allowed me to develop a treatment plan that best suited my mom’s needs and prepared me to take action in the case of a worsening symptom.
Unfortunately, I started building upon this idea when it was already too late in the game. On November 3, 2014, I watched my mom take her last breath as she gently loosened the grip she had on my hand. I can’t even put into words how hard it’s been for my family and I without my mom. If you had the pleasure of meeting her, you’d know she was the type of person that could instantly put a smile on your face. I’m sad that God had to take her so soon, but I truly believe His intention was for something greater to come out of this.
Everything that I’ve done in my life thus far has prepared me to create this planner. I used my Psychology background to integrate influences for positivity throughout the planner, my marketing background to design a beautiful planner with user friendliness in mind, and my loss to motivate me to create an effective tool that teaches cancer patients and caregivers that they can plan to beat cancer.
Through this painful journey, the basis for CanPlan was formulated. And after many, MANY long nights full of tears, frustration, joy and every emotion you could ever think possible…CanPlan is finally ready to help guide the millions of people affected by cancer.
Imagine that you’re about to climb Mount Everest for the first time. You know you need to get to the top of the mountain, but you’re unsure of which path to take. So you come up with an action plan to take baby steps each day and record your findings along the way.
Since you don’t have a map, you need to create one yourself. Each and every day you learn something new about the mountain; how far the rest points are, where the danger peaks are located, etc. You start to become more in tune with your body and learn how much you can and cannot handle in one day.
Thanks to your tracking, you eventually begin to have a mental image of where you’re located on the mountain and what you need to do to get to the top. Now relate this back to your journey with cancer and picture this daily tracker as a template for your map.
It gives you all the signs you should be looking for and then points you in the direction you should be heading. At any point in your journey, you can reference back to a specific point in time and find clues as to what triggered a good or bad reaction in your treatment plan.
At the end of each month, you’ll be able to put all the data together and evaluate your treatment plan thus far. The questions will push you to reflect on what worked well for you during the month so that you can apply the same techniques to the following month.
Start each and every day off on the right foot by reading the inspirational quote of the day.
Write down all of the tasks you need to complete for the day or use this space for notes.
Medication & Side Effects
As a cancer patient, you probably have a handful of prescriptions and supplements you need to take daily. Now you won’t have to leave it up to memory to keep track of everything.
Diet Tracker & Exercise Log
What you put into your body is crucial during this time and I cannot emphasize the need for a healthy diet enough. Keeping track of your diet will allow you to see exactly how certain foods are affecting your body.
New Symptoms & Action Steps
Take action in the case of a new or worsening symptom and keep record of when it started. It might help you in finding correlations as to what triggered its onset.
End of the Day Reflection
Rate yourself at the end of each day on how you felt overall and why. Even if you had a bad day, there’s always something to be positive about.
Keep track of all your appointments so you can stay organized and reflect back on any important notes.
By noting the important milestones in your cancer journey, you’ll begin to tie the different elements of this planner together and paint a visual image of where you are and where you need to go.
Cancer Food Pyramid
Use this food pyramid as a guide to coming up with an effective diet plan that fights your cancer.
For those of you who decide to incorporate chemotherapy into your treatment plan, here is a tip sheet on how you can overcome the grueling side effects.
Lay out the pros and cons for each of your treatment options and find a primary & supplementary plan that works best for you.
Inner Page Specifications
• Dimensions: A5 Size Paper (5.8 x 8.3 in)
• 320 page planner: 160 sheets front & back
• 90 days worth of UNDATED daily trackers (2 page spread)
• 12 months worth of UNDATED monthly calendars & reviews
• 90 inspirational quotes
• 20 pages of interactive positivity exercises
• 32 appointment trackers
• Dimensions: 9.25 x 7.5 x 1.6 in
• Material: Top Quality Soft PU Leather
• Pockets (Front): 3 card holder slots and two pockets for documents
• Pockets (Back): One large pocket for documents
• Add-ons: Plastic pocket insert, 5 multi-colored section dividers
• Secured by: Magnetic closure strap
• Specifications: 6 ring binder that can fit any A5 size documen
Planner Pages Focused on: Fighting Cancer
1. Suggested Questions for Doctor
2. Treatment Options Evaluation
3. Chemotherapy Tip Sheet
4. Appointment Tracker with Blood Cell Count Tracker
5. Medication and Side Effects Tracker
6. Cancer Fighting Diet Tip Sheet
7. Important Cancer Dates Timeline
8. Helpful Cancer Resources
9. Plan your Cancer Support Team
Symptoms Tracker (Planner Pages Focused on: Improving Emotional/Mental Health)
1. Brain Exercises to Help Fight Chemo brain
2. Positivity Exercises
3. Blank Sheets for Journaling, Thoughts, and Reflections
4. Habits Tracker
5. Messages to God
6. Positivity Board
Daily Mood Tracker (Planner Pages Focused on: Growth Planning)
1. Yearly Goal Setting
2. Upcoming Month Planning – Growth Plan
3. End of the Month Review – Growth Plan Evaluation
4. End of the Day Reflection Score
5. How to Improve Self Reflection