December 2015 - Life Credit Company

Get into the Giving Spirit and Support Cancer Research

The holiday season is upon us, and with it has come the shopping frenzy. Stores will be bustling and wallets will be getting lighter in the coming weeks, as shoppers spend time and money searching for the perfect presents for their loved ones. But, it’s not only friends and family that some people will be gifting to this holiday season; it’s also a great time to support cancer research. According to Charity Navigator, nearly a third of all charitable giving in the United States occurs in December, with 12 percent of all online donations taking place in the last three days of the month. The post-Cyber Monday fundraising holiday “Giving Tuesday” has been growing exponentially in the last few years, with Americans increasingly recognizing the need for nonprofit giving. There are countless charities that work on cancer prevention, research and treatment causes. Here are a few ways to support their work this holiday season. Why Should I Give?          According to Stand up to Cancer, there is a new cancer diagnosis in America every 30 seconds. That’s a sobering statistic that cancer nonprofits are hoping to reduce. But, research, outreach and other initiatives are costly and require public support. Charity Navigator found that seven out of 10 charities spend at least 75 percent of their budgets on programs and services. The money that’s being brought in is largely going right to the people who most need it. Apart from giving good will this season, supporting nonprofits can have personal benefits, too. For instance, most charity contributions are tax-deductible so, when you give, you can even get a bit back. What Can I Give? Making a...

Tips for Couples Coping with Cancer

There are few greater challenges for couples coping with a recent cancer diagnosis than learning how to share the fear in a way that draws them closer, not apart. At Life Credit, our hearts go out to all of our families and individuals facing this difficult time together. Promising to love one another in both sickness and in health is easy during the wedding vows. When cancer strikes and reality sets in, it can be difficult for couples to cope with the diagnosis. Cancer doesn’t just affect a person’s health; it can also devastate their home, relationships, career, and financial status. Here are some tips for couples coping with cancer. Emotional Support There is no handbook for supporting a partner with cancer. Each case is unique, and every cancer patient needs something different from their partner. But one of the best ways to be there for them is to simply listen. It is perfectly natural for both parties to feel scared, shocked, and a loss of control. Don’t be afraid to display your feelings to your partner, but be patient with them as they navigate their own emotions. Practice active listening. This means concentrating on fully comprehending what your spouse is saying rather than thinking about your reply. Never assume what your partner is feeling or thinking or what they will say next. If a statement is unclear, ask them to reiterate it. Join a Support Group There are tons of support groups out there for cancer. Research local ones in your area and consider joining a group with your spouse. If they feel uncomfortable doing so, you may reach...