Trying to help those like my brother, 22 year old lymphoma survivor

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Trying to help those like my brother, 22 year old lymphoma survivor

by mollya on Sun Oct 04, 2015 06:50 PM

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My brother was 19 when he was diagnosed with Hodkins Lymphoma. He went through eight months of chemotherapy when he was 19 and luckily has been in remission for the past three years. 

I've talked to him about if it was difficult for him to take all of his prescription medications on time and he responded that he often didn't take them. While a lot of them were prescribed on an as-needed basis (anxiety, depression, etc), it was pretty surprising to hear that he almost never took his medication. 

He did say, however, that he took a lot of vitamins while going through chemotherapy. It was very difficult for him to remember which ones he'd taken and at what time, but he felt that the vitamins were the things that helped him the most through that time in his life and that he would have benefited from an platform that consolidated all of them and reminded him to take them.  

I'm now a student in a business entrepreneurship program in college and I'm hoping to develop a simple, efficient application that would consolidate prescription medication onto a calendar equipped with reminders. I'm hoping to recieve any feedback or advice regarding anyone's experience with handling a lot of prescriptions while they or their loved ones have gone through cancer. I would like to gauge interest as well as gather information to help make the most effective and helpful application that I can. 

Cancer is hell and anything to make the burden easier is welcome. Any comments you may have will be greatly appreciated.

RE: Trying to help those like my brother, 22 year old lymphoma survivor

by katbaran on Tue Oct 20, 2015 02:04 PM

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The best way we found to manage my husband's meds was to get a 7 day 4x/day pill box. There are more out in the world that have more slots, but the 30+ meds he was on seemed to work well with that one. He took care of his own meds until he could no longer fill them once a week and then I took over. Having another person fill his pill box seemed to work well. As for the reminders--I was the reminder. Someone into electronics would do well with timers on their smart phones or tablets. You could design an app that does just that, customizable to each person. Set the timers with a list of exactly what they should be taking when the timer goes off, with a reminder which slot on the pill minder it is and of course, what day it is currently. Great idea you have there!

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