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.
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.