I must admit writing and thinking about cancer bring some heaviness to my heart. This post will be the last one about it hopefully for at least a couple of days.
I know a wonderful caregiver, who despite her senior age silently and all alone cried, suffered, and endured, and with almost no support from the rest of the family relentlessly cared for her daughter and helped her recover from cancer.
This caregiver will always have a special place in my heart and I will always have an incredible respect for her resilience, strength, and determination.
Caregivers are wonderful. I personally take this moment to recognize and appreciate their efforts, to thank them, and to let them know what an important role they have had in patients’ lives.
Caregivers’ emotional, physical, financial, and other needs I find are somehow neglected or not acknowledged. Yet, they may need support, understanding, and care, too.
I have collected some links below, which I hope may be useful. I am sure there are many out there, please feel free to explore.
National Cancer Institute’s (USA) “Caring for Caregivers” booklet http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/caring-for-the-caregiver.pdf
American Cancer Society (USA) “What it takes to be a caregiver” booklet:http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003199-pdf.pdf
Canadian Cancer Society (Canada) “If you are a caregiver” link
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO; USA) “Caregiver support” link at Cancer.Net
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center’s (USA) “25 tips for caregivers” link