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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sentry Wife

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.

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Caregivers' Corner: Six Tips for Staying Motivated

by Betty E. Garrett, CMP

A cancer caregiver offers practical advice for handling the challenges of caregiving.

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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.

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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.

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