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Wellness for Caregivers

 

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Ask your wife what she needs.
It may not be what you expect.

A Husband’s Journey Through a Double Mastectomy
Tips on Coping, Supporting Your Wife, & What the Doctors Don’t Tell You

by Chris Spires

Breast Cancer. Like so many, I’ve seen the pink ribbons, watched women in pink t-shirts hit the streets for fundraising 5Ks, and cheered on pink-clad football players during the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness drives every October. Breast cancer awareness is ingrained in our society. That said, mine remained a passing awareness. That was until October 2016 when my wife, Heather, was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

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The 5 Rules of Cancer Caregiving

by Ellen Polamero, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C

Although I’d like to tell you these are the five definitive rules for all cancer caregivers, the truth is that there really is no rulebook for this experience. When you sit down to read this list (or any other caregiving tips, for that matter), remember that not everything will apply to you and your loved one. This is your journey alone.

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When Your Child Has Cancer

by Michele Pierce

You wake up. You only have a second before reality punches you in the gut. The tears begin to fall. Soon they are streaming down your face. But you fight them off. You must be strong. You tell yourself that everything will be OK.

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