Staying safe with COVID-19 restrictions easing
Many in Australia are now beginning to talk about the “return to normal” with lockdowns lifting and restrictions easing. However what may be a relief to some can present unique concerns for women with ovarian cancer.
Seeing more people out and about may raise worry about your own wellbeing or susceptibility to COVID-19. Friends and family may be keen to catch up while you may feel more cautious and hesitant to engage in lots of contact with others right now. These thoughts are understandable.
Both your own medical professionals and the team at OCA can be a source of information and support for you.
Below are a few ideas to think about in navigating this time:
- Seek support and advice from your medical team about how to continue to keep yourself safe if your immune system is suppressed due to current or previous cancer treatment
- Practice good communication with your friends and family; honestly and gently explain your needs for continued social distancing if applicable
- The Cancer Council has created a FAQ page with lots of relevant information including information on navigating life as restrictions ease which may be helpful to read through
For immediate support or further information, call our Helpline on 1300 660 334 (9am - 5pm AEST, Monday to Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also connect with other women diagnosed with ovarian cancer by visiting our online OCA Connect forum.
For those residing in the Melbourne/Mitchell Shire please follow the Government directives, including wearing masks when out. You can find more information here.