Finding the Right Words
by Leslie Starsoneck
Some people want to know what the rules are for what to do or say to a friend, family member, or acquaintance who is facing cancer. While I suspect these rules vary wildly from individual to individual, here are my experiences of what’s helpful and what’s … not so helpful.
by Gloria Schramm
My vacationing husband and I were swept up in the snowcapped magic of Alaska’s Mount McKinley and the blue-streaked chunks of ice breaking off a looming glacier, meeting the sea in a thunderous roar. After celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary, we returned home to another kind of roar. My husband was told he had colon cancer, discovered during a routine colonoscopy. In an instant, our lives were turned upside down.
Caregivers' Corner: Six Tips for Staying Motivated
by Betty E. Garrett, CMP
A cancer caregiver offers practical advice for handling the challenges of caregiving.
What to Say to a Cancer Survivor
by Kathy Cawthon
You’ve learned that a friend or family member has been diagnosed with cancer. You want to help, to do something, anything, to make this difficult experience easier for him, but you don’t know what to do. You don’t even know what to say. Here are a few things cancer survivors like to hear.
Survival Tips for the Cancer Caregiver
by Carol Miller
Taking care of a loved one can be draining, both physically and emotionally. Every situation is unique, and everyone copes differently. However, no matter the situation, a caregiver is of little help to his or her loved one if he or she is stressed, depressed, exhausted, or in poor health. Therefore, it is important to take care of yourself in order to be able to care for others.