Mummy’s Wish is dedicated to the provision of practical support that keeps families functioning during mum’s cancer treatment.
Criteria and eligibility for support
For a mum to be eligible to receive support from Mummy’s Wish, she must:
- Have a current diagnosis of cancer by an Australian Medical Specialist and be receiving specialist approved treatment.
- Have at least one child aged 12 years or under.
What type of support and assistance do mums receive?
Once we have received a completed registration (either from a health care professional or a self-referral) and submitted the accompanying documents, each mum is assigned a Support Coordinator who will work with them to navigate a practical pathway through cancer treatment.
We understand every family is different and the support and information provided will be tailored specifically to each mum’s needs. We take into consideration their diagnosis, existing support network, age of their children and, most importantly, what they feel comfortable with support-wise.
Each mum who is registered with us will receive a Mummy’s Wish Care Pack in the mail which includes a compendium to store important documents and keep notes; relevant information and resources including our ‘Dealing with Cancer: A guide for mums with cancer‘; a few little treats for them; and a voice-recordable Comfort Bear for each child aged 12 years and under.
Some of the ways we currently help mums with cancer and their families include:
- a friendly chat with someone who understands the challenges that come with trying to juggle a young family and cancer treatment
- provide resources to help you talk to your kids about your illness and treatment
- house cleaning; or arranging delivery of nutritious family meals during treatment; or gardening
- referrals to other support agencies best suited to the family’s needs
- memory making tips and photography for mums given a poor prognosis
Support Coordinators will keep in touch with each mum throughout their treatment, checking in from time to time, to help minimise the distressing impact a cancer diagnosis can have on a family.