Give it up for the Caregivers

30 Jun

Often overlooked in the battle against cancer is the devastating effect it can have on family and friends. I know I would have been sunk without the unwavering support of my wife Nicki, son Danny and our community of friends. Driving to chemo, making sure you are taking your meds and  yes, even holding back your hair when your are barfing (not a problem for me I had short hair before I went bald) are part of the many thankless jobs caregivers can take on when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer.

These added burdens can takes it toll and it is important for caregivers to take care of themselves as well.

Shelly Francis has an excellent website, caregiverhope.com which is invaluable resource for caregivers or as they now also call them, co-survivors. According to the website, “Over 50 million family caregivers are taking care of a loved one in the United States due to chronic illness, disability and injury. Three of four families will find themselves caring for a cancer patient.” If you or someone you know has found themselves in a caregiver role, check out the website, it full of great resources including a list of publications that “The Year My Dad Went Bald” is now proud to be a part of. More importantly, Francis’ website is a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement for those who are so important in the healing process.

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