Caregiving

May 7, 2018

6 Inspiring Tips from 4 Mothers Who Faced Cancer

Throughout motherhood, when asking for advice, there’s never a shortage of opinions, facts and anecdotes for everything from getting newborns to sleep to dealing with teenagers’ emotions. Just sifting through the available information on raising children can be exhausting, let alone actually living the role of mom each day. In the moments when they don’t […]

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February 12, 2018

Treating Together: Challenges and Benefits of Experiencing Cancer as a Couple

When Deb and Mark Pattullo of Lewiston, Michigan, got married in 1985, they had big plans—to travel, raise a family and share in the joys and challenges of building a life together. They never counted on sharing another journey—the battle against two cancers, hitting both of them at the same time. Despite the difficulties, the […]

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January 10, 2018

A Caregiver and Oncologist Shares Her Story in a Moving Video

Patricia Rich, MD, always wanted to be a doctor. As a mother of four, she decided to pursue her dream at age 34. She became a hematologist oncologist, treating people with blood cancers. Years later, she diagnosed her son with leukemia and was by his side during his bone marrow transplants and other treatments. A […]

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October 9, 2017

Husband and Wife, Each Facing Breast Cancer, Together

Steve and Marilyn Blethen met in 1969 in Michigan. They exchanged information, but Steve lost Marilyn’s number. Luckily, Steve had given Marilyn his address. She wrote him a letter, they reconnected and married a year later. After 47 years of marriage, Steve and Marilyn have experienced a full life together, but when they met as […]

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May 15, 2017

7 Lessons Learned From Being a Cancer Caregiver

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with cancer may be one of the most important roles in someone’s life. It may also be among the most challenging, often because it comes without warning, preparation or prior experience. Many times, when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the caregiver is thrust into the role […]

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April 10, 2017

From Patient to Caregiver

Shortly after Chelsea “Chuck” Glenn was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer in April 2001, the doctor who performed a second set of tests said his only choices were to try to find a clinical trial or get his affairs in order. The couple seemed to be out of options—until Ann saw a commercial for […]

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November 14, 2016

#1 Cancer Killer in Women – Know Your Risk

In the spring of 2015 Newport, Virginia resident Anne Beleu felt a twinge of pain in her left side, which became persistent over a couple of months. “I thought I had pulled a muscle,” Anne says. “I had been stacking firewood with my boys, and I figured I had just overdone it.” But when the […]

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July 11, 2016

Caregivers May Benefit From Spiritual and Faith-Based Support

A cancer diagnosis affects not only the patient but also the loved one who will be providing emotional (and in some cases also practical, informational and financial) support. Caregivers face both mental and physical demands, and up to 66 percent report significant anxiety and depressive symptoms as a result.[i][ii][iii] Caregivers, often faced with a loved […]

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February 19, 2016

Loving with Cancer

Cancer can feel like an attack on your emotions as well as your health, and coping with the effects of treatment, the anxiety about the future and the stress of the disease can be extremely difficult for couples. Meet two couples who formed and mended loving, supportive relationships in the face of a devastating diagnosis. […]

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August 10, 2015

Prayer Rituals for Patients and Family Members

Catholic Religious practices include bedside prayers, the Eucharist (if requested) and the use of sacramental aids in the spiritual life, including such items as rosary beads and holy images of saints, especially Mary, the mother of Jesus. “During the Anointing of the Sick, a priest will anoint the patient with blessed oil, forgive all sins […]

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