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12 Ways to Support Your Spouse When They Have Cancer

by Jane Ashley

The diagnosis of cancer in your spouse is devastating. You love them and want to help in every way possible. But it’s an emotional time for you as well. 

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You’re worried about the one you love. Can your loved stay home alone? What about the finances? And then, there are the logistical issues of transportation to and from treatment, meals, household chores and taking medicines on time. You still have to work and juggle your work schedule and your spouse’s treatment schedule. You can’t...

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For Caregivers Only - When Cancer Lasts a Long Time

by Gumpus61

I had experience with cancer before it arrived in my marriage. Some 10 years ago my Mother made that awful phone call to me. “Can you call your brothers and sisters? It’s lung cancer and they are giving me a year”. Being tough Mom did not respect the diagnosis, it was about 15 months before she made the last call “come get me, I just want to go home”. 

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Hospice came early that night and were back at 3:00 AM, and mother passed with her dignity. All pretty much according to our...

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Caregivers - The Benefits And The Challenges

by Jane Ashley

November is National Family Caregivers Month created by the Caregiver Action Network. Caregivers come in all ages and both sexes. They take care of their spouses, mothers or fathers, siblings or their children. There really is no profile of who family caregivers are – they are both male and female, younger and older.

Caregivers Round The Clock

But this month, we recognize our family caregivers who give so freely to help their loved ones stay at home, with dignity, love, and comfort. For all of us, we’ve become...

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When Bad Health Causes Role Reversals Between Parents and Children

by GregP_WN

There will be a time in your life when your role as your parent's child will change to being your parent's caregiver. 

Caregiver Love

From the time you are born until you take off on your own in life, your parents are there for you. When you're a baby they take care of your every need, feeding, bathing, changing, and any other need you may have. That's the way it is. Even when you're an adult, they are still looking out for you, checking up on you and making sure you are OK. 

There comes a time...

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Things I Learned From 11 Days in The ICU

by GregP_WN

We cancer patients know that we are sometimes just an infection, low white blood count, bad scan results, or some other complication away from being in the emergency room, or maybe even the ICU. These are not limited to cancer patients, anyone with one of the many other chronic health issues can find themselves in the same situation. 

What I Learned From 11 Days In The Icu

I recently spent 11 days in the ICU with my Mother-In-Law, while there, I had many hours to observe some things, and experience a wide range of emotions...

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The Complicated Life of Being The Caregiver

by Jane Ashley

As if being diagnosed with cancer is not bad enough, working out the logistics of a prolonged and complex treatment might prove even harder. I sometimes think of those early days after my diagnosis when my husband, who was my caregiver, and I were so naïve about what we would be facing with my Stage IV rectal cancer diagnosis.

The Complicated Life Of Being A Caregiver

But we did make one commitment to each other, and that was that we would try to navigate this terrible diagnosis “one day at a time.” But in looking back at those...

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Palliative Care - Finding Symptom Relief

by Jane Ashley

Confused about what palliative care is? Has someone suggested that you receive palliative care but you’re afraid that it’s the same thing as hospice? There is quite a bit of confusion about palliative care and how it may benefit cancer patients.

Palliative Care Finding Symptom Relief

What is palliative care?

Palliative care seeks to relieve a patient’s symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life. Palliative care provides patients relief from both the symptoms of their disease and the symptoms created by their treatment.

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My Mom, My Angel - A Son's View of Fighting Cancer

by Layne Compston

Our guest blog post today is from Layne Compston, he is the Son of Laura Compston, "LCompston", a 2-time head and neck cancer survivor covering 32 years. His post gives a Son's view of fighting cancer.

Laura And Layne Compston

Growing up as an only child had its benefits. For example, I didn’t have to share my toys with anyone. My mom and dad always made sure I had plenty to open when it came to certain holidays such as Christmas. I always remembered having many presents under the tree. My parents would always go...

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Hospice - When Cancer Leaves You No More Options

by GregP_WN

"Hospice " - A word that scares a lot of people, and a service that most of us never want to sign up for. But, when that time comes, when all other options have been exhausted, it is a valuable service. Sadly, I have experienced the services of a Hospice service twice, once with each Parent, only ten months apart. 

Hospice When Cancer Leaves You No More Options

Taking care of a loved one through with Hospice during the last days of their life is one of the hardest things I have ever done, and one of the most rewarding.

While...

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Tips For Helping Someone With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Finding out that someone you care about has been hit with a cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking...and confusing. Whether it's a spouse, a parent, a young adult, a friend, a colleague or a child - it's often difficult to know what to say or what to do. Or what to not say or not do! Each case is a little different, but here are some tips for helping someone with cancer.

Friends There For You No Matter What

We turned to our panel of experts on WhatNext - people who have been touched by cancer - and asked them to share some of the...

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