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Category Archives: Caregivers

One of the hardest things you will ever go through is caring for a loved one throughout their cancer journey. It will tax you physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. You will feel pulled in many directions at once. Yet you will also feel very rewarded. There is nothing more meaningful than loving someone through something such as cancer. These articles will encourage and empower caregivers supporting a loved one in their cancer journey.


Circle of Support

The Ring Theory-Finding Your Circle of SupportThe Ring Theory was created by breast cancer survivor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Silk Ph.D., and arbitrator/mediator, Barry Goldman. The gist of it is this: Comfort in. Dump out. Who you comfort, and Read more…


waiting room

One thing all cancer patients do is wait. From the waiting room, on, waiting becomes a huge part of life when you’re living with cancer,Waiting roomMy husband and I had monthly visits to the cancer center for 5 years prior Read more…


Recurrence

The Roller Coaster of RecurrenceCancer can feel like a roller coaster from the moment you suspect there’s a problem. And, it’s not a fun roller coaster. Instead, it’s a beast that keeps going up and down, causing your stomach to Read more…


quality of life

People often talk about quality of life when it comes to health concerns. Decisions about treatment must take quality of life into account. Patients often decide to discontinue cancer treatment based on concerns about quality of life. What is quality Read more…


Oncology

When someone is being treated for cancer, they will work with a team of medical professionals in the oncology department. This team approach ensures you get the best medical care possible. Who are some of the people on a care Read more…


joy

How can you feel joy with a cancer diagnosis?I can only speak from our family’s experience. I’ll be even more specific and speak from my personal experience as a caregiver, the wife of a cancer patient. In the beginning, I Read more…


Hospice and Palliative Care

Curing vs. HealingThere comes a time when we need to switch from curative treatment to healing efforts. We can heal, even as we die. There can be healing of relationships, spiritual healing, letting go of the things that never should Read more…


Encourage

One of the questions I get most frequently is how to encourage a cancer patient or caregiver. After all, when we see someone going through something so difficult, it’s natural to want to encourage them–but how? The monster they’re up Read more…


Drug Resistant

One of the things we learned early on in Dan’s cancer journey was that even if a treatment worked, eventually, it wouldn’t. Cancer cells become drug resistant.Our StoryWhen doctors first diagnosed Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, they Read more…


I wrote this on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, while feeling afraid.My husband, Dan has been living with cancer for over four years. I remember, in the beginning, the future was a chalkboard that had just gotten hosed down, all of Read more…

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