Be Your Best Advocate

Empowering patients who have been diagnosed with cancer is what Bag It is all about. In 2003, our Founder, Sherri Romanoski, just a few short years after her own cancer diagnosis, left her career as a kindergarten teacher and committed to becoming an advocate for newly diagnosed cancer patients. After traversing her own journey, she understood the importance of accessible, reliable information and the power of self-advocacy.

Today, Sherri’s organization works to help every cancer patient find your very own voice. To empower you with the right information, right when you need it. To provide resources so you can Fight the Fear. And to help every one of you become the very best member of your own care team.

What does it mean to be a Survivor?

The National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship defines Survivorship as the process of living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

You—are a cancer Survivor.

Regardless of whether you were diagnosed today or decades ago, you are a Survivor. Bag It’s focus on Survivorship means our materials and resources go beyond the medical and clinical needs of each patient and address a whole range of topics, such as dealing with emotions, financial challenges, talking to your employer, and more. Whatever type of cancer, whenever your date of diagnosis, you are a survivor, and our Bag It bag, Bag It Resource Center, and the Bag It Community will all provide access to resources to support your physical, practical, and emotional needs.

Knowledge. Fellowship. Courage. Hope. Empowerment.

Day 1

The initial diagnosis. The Bag It Bag is often given to patients by their medical provider. An oncology nurse navigator or another member of the oncology team will walk through the Bag It materials and show you how to utilize the My Companion Guidebook as an invaluable organizational tool, as well as the four resource booklets that come with the bag.

If your medical provider does not provide the Bag It bag, you can also order directly from us.

Day 2 and Beyond

Bag It patients find great value in getting the Bag It materials at the time of diagnosis. But the materials are designed to inform, empower, and help patients THRIVE throughout treatment and beyond.

The Power of Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy means giving yourself the tools and information you need to feel confident about asking questions, communicating your needs, and participating as the strongest member of your care team. As a cancer patient, you engage with dozens of medical providers, who are all working as part of your team. Self-advocacy is about empowering you to be the leader of that care team.

The Bag It Resource Center

Information is power—if it’s the right information. Bag It can serve as your first stop when you’re searching for reliable, respected, researched, and updated information available on a wide array of topics related to cancer.

Survivorship

Resources by Cancer Type

Clinical Trials

Side-Effects of Treatment

Caregiver & Family Resources

Insurance, Managing Costs, & Financial Assistance

Parenting & Fertility

Legal & Workplace

Supportive Care

Resources en Español

Resources From the Bag It Bag

How to Use your Bag It Bag

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo: Feb 15-17

Bag It is honored to be the beneficiary of this fun 24-hour bike ride, put on by Epic Rides. Visit the Event Page for more details.  

Save the Date! Support Bag It in Tempe April 28th

Save the date for this fun, springtime event in support of Bag It! Be There for Bag It   April 28th 10:00 a.m. Shalimar Golf Club 2032 E. Golf Avenue, Tempe Watch our Events page for details!

Mrs. Green’s World Podcast With Mindy Griffith and Bag It

Check out this podcast on Mrs.Green's World, featuring our own Mindy Griffith as they talk about the all new Bag It bag and being part of sustainable communities. #BeInformed #BeEmpowered.