Support for Cancer Caregivers

Cancer, as an individual battle, is a challenge to be sure. But watching someone you love go through cancer can be terrifying. You want to do everything you can to support them in every way; but when you’re struggling with your own emotions – fear, anger, confusion, etc. – it becomes very challenging to be fully present for your loved one. That’s why support for caregivers is so vital in the big picture of cancer care. When you are able to get the support you need, you are, in turn, able to offer the best support to your loved one.

Here are some of the ways that you can make sure you get the support you need as a caregiver:

  • Get plenty of rest. You need to stay rested so that you can stay healthy. An exhausted, mentally drained caregiver, is ultimately no help to the person you are wanting to support.
  • Get emotional help. Your loved one is going to lean on you physically and emotionally. You need to have an outlet for your feelings as well. Turn to counselors and support groups that provide resources for caregivers so that you have the support you need.
  • Stay in the loop. As a caregiver, you’ll want to make sure that you are kept in the loop regarding your loved one’s diagnosis, treatment plan, prognosis, and continuing developments. Plus, your cancer patient will need the extra set of eyes and ears to process what is sure to be a lot of information.

When someone you love receives a diagnosis of cancer, you want to be there for them in every way; helping them to get through this challenging time and ultimately get well. But, remember, you can’t provide that support if you are not well yourself. Get the support you need so that you can be a healthy, positive team member in your loved one’s fight against cancer.

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