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5 Tips on Telling Your Loved Ones You Have Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

There is no exact formula to telling the people you love that you have been diagnosed with cancer. WhatNexters are always asking for tips on how to tell loved ones and the best advice we can come up with is to do it with as much love as possible. Here are 5 more specific tips from WhatNexters themselves. 

Telling Your Loved Ones About Cancer

Keep in mind that we do not consider ourselves experts but have simply taken a few suggestions from others and shared them in this post. Everyone is different and ultimately you must...

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How to Improve Relationships With Loved Ones

by Brittany McNabb

Cancer can be a stressor to relationships but it does not have to affect the quality of your friendships and relationships with loved ones. Hard times have the potential to bring people closer and then make each other feel loved and appreciated. If you experience rocky times, here are some ways to improve your relationships with loved ones. 

How To Improve Relationships With Loved Ones

For more suggestions on improving your relationships during cancer visit the American Cancer Society's guide on Coping With Cancer in Everyday...

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10 Things Only a Caregiver May Relate To

by Brittany McNabb

As people join WhaNext, many of the members are here for caregiver support. For many patients, their caregiver is their hero and their #1 fan. Being a caregiver can teach you a lot from how to sleep in an uncomfortable hospital chair, what it's like to be alert 24/7, and the true meaning of the words "labor of love." Here is a list of things that all caregivers may relate to. 

Caregiver Support

[pictured above] "My husband, Joel supporting my journey by shaving his head and us embracing our new look...

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Support Your Loved One: Join them at Doctor Appointments

by Brittany McNabb

When asked, "What is the nicest thing someone has done with you during your cancer journey?" many WhatNexters answered that their loved one has joined them at doctor appointments.  'Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day' falls during the last week of September. Honor this day and your loved ones by choosing any day in September to accompany them. It will mean more to them than you might think.

Doctor Appointment Reminder

Here are some reasons why people with cancer like to have company at the doctor's office...

Going To The Doctor Together

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10 Ways to Cope With Caregiver Burnout

by Brittany McNabb

If you read our post yesterday about "12 Signs of Caregiver Burnout" and feel you are experiencing fatigue from putting all your effort into being a great caregiver, here are 10 ways that may help you cope.

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"It's important to take care of yourself under these conditions, or you won't be well enough to take care of them." - cam32505

1. Invite others to visit your loved one to change things up. You simply might get tired of each other if it is just the two of you together all the time or in...

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12 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

by Brittany McNabb

It is important for caregivers to take care of themselves especially when experiencing fatigue, stress, and something we call "caregiver burnout." It is hard to be a good caregiver if you are not in a good place yourself, thus the need to  focus on self-care.

Caregiver Stress Organizing Everything

If you feel you are experiencing caregiver burnout, here are 12 signs to recognize it and 10 ways that could help you cope. It is better to pay attention to the signs early so you do not end up with a feeling that you just want to...

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10 Ways to Treat People With Cancer Like Normal During Treatment

by Brittany McNabb

The list of things you can do for people with cancer includes treating them like normal while they are fighting cancer. People with cancer can feel like they have a big red target on their back simply because they look sick, people know about their diagnosis, or because of physical changes during chemotherapy or other cancer treatment. 

10 Ways To Treat People With Cancer Normal

Loved ones of people with cancer, as much as they want, cannot change the physical effects their patient experiences, but they can control how they...

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15 Tips for New Caregivers

by Brittany McNabb

The role of caregiver can be as important as the role of a patient. For many patients, their caregiver is their hero and their #1 fan. In order to help new caregivers as they journey forward in taking care of their loved ones, here are 15 tips from WhatNexter caregivers themselves. 

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"My husband is my caregiver and he's been so amazing through this journey. It's not just my cancer journey, it's ours. He has been by my side, has been to every appointment, cooks my meals, takes care of the...

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5 Reasons Why Quality Time is the Best Gift

by Brittany McNabb

Spending time with someone who has cancer can give them a shoulder to lean on, a distraction from the stress of cancer, and can make them feel more confident in their fight. Here are 5 reasons why quality time is one of the best gifts you can give. 

1. You can talk about things other than cancer. 

Restoring normalcy by talking about things other than cancer can be valuable to people with cancer. Getting a break from the "cancer world" and talking about books, movies, hobbies,...

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Dealing With the Emotional Roller Coaster of Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Many people with cancer talk about the "emotional roller coaster" of cancer. They go from first appointment, to weekly scans, a treatment plan, and the...

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