Living with the Giant
by Cynthia Siegfried
Living with cancer is like living with an unwelcome, uninvited giant in your home. After you recover from the initial shock of his arrival and realize he has decided to stay a while, you must decide how you will adjust to his presence. Do you get to know him better so that you are prepared for his next attack? Or do you ignore him and hope he will disappear? Do you make a strategic battle plan?
November is National Family Caregivers Month
Every day, family members, friends, neighbors, and concerned individuals across America provide essential attention and assistance to their loved ones. Many individuals in need of care including children, elders, and persons with disabilities would have difficulty remaining safely in their homes and community without the support of their relatives and caregivers.
Finding Balance as a Cancer Caregiver
by Steve Keir, DrHP, MPH
We can only estimate the number of familial cancer caregivers in the United States, as there is no formal system designed to capture this data. However, we do know the number of people living with a history of cancer. If each person living with cancer had just one caregiver, a conservative estimate would approximate that there are at least 10.5 million people who have either provided care or continue to provide care for a loved one with cancer.
Taking Care of You
by Joanne Corbo Cruz, MSW, LMSW, ACT
When my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in 1999, my life and my family’s lives changed. Each day after that was different, not taken for granted and very precious. It truly brought my family closer. But with all the focus on taking care of my mom and the rest of my family, it was easy for me to forget about myself and my needs.
Meeting the Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving
by Lazelle E. Benefield, PhD, RN, FAAN
“My mother lives 400 miles away, and I miss opportunities to visit with her. This means I also miss opportunities to accompany her to doctors’ visits and be with her as she receives chemotherapy treatment.”
Tips for Caregivers
Helping Your Loved One Cope during the Holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But the demands of the holiday season can overwhelm even the healthiest and most energetic among us. For individuals battling chronic pain, holiday stress and anxiety can be magnified, making symptoms even worse.
How to Care for Yourself When You’re the Caregiver
by Phyddy Tacchi
From the moment a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the role of that person’s mother, father, spouse, or significant other changes. The relationship may become more difficult to maintain as needs and expectations vary during the cancer experience.
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.