This April I will be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Every day (except the 2nd -5th Sundays) bloggers post to their blogs something that pertains to a specific theme (usually) as well as the letter of the alphabet assigned to that day. Today is the day when participants reveal their chosen theme, or if they are going to go themeless. Since I am deep in the trenches of caregiving, this year Facing Cancer with Grace’s theme is…
Five years ago, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. His doctors didn’t expect him to survive very long. I was a new caregiver, unsure of how to approach this new role. Since then, I’ve learned that caregiving is hard. That might seem obvious, but people who’ve never walked in the shoes of a caregiver often don’t realize that we’re on the journey, too.
How do we balance the emotional needs of the patient, other family members, kids, and perfect strangers who insert themselves into our lives? How do we take care of our own needs when the needs of the loved one we are caring for seem so pressing?
I’ve been on this caregiving journey for over 5 years, and I’m still no expert at this. But I have learned a few things and I hope to encourage you.
A to Z in 2 Places!
I’m doing double duty this year during the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I will be doing the challenge here at Facing Cancer with Grace, and also at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker, where I will share ways to increase your creativity. I hope you’ll visit me at both sites. While you’re here, sign up for my email list.
To give you a preview of some of the posts I have (and will have) written, I am posting the schedule. These links will go live when the post is up at 7 AM CST on the following dates:
1 A – Anger & the Grief Process
2 B – Boundaries & Caregiving
3 C – Critical Family Members
4 D – Depression in Caregivers
5 E – Exercise Lowers Stress
6 F – Funeral Home – First Visit
7 G – Guilt Caregivers Feel
8 No Post
9 H – Honesty: Your Authentic Response
10 I – Ideal You vs. Real You
11 J – Joyful Despite Cancer
12 K – How Kids Understand Death
13 L – Living With Cancer
14 M – Memories & Terminal Cancer
15 No Post
16 N – No: The Power of Saying No
17 O – Snake Oil Salesmen
18 P – Plan B: A Change in Plans
19 Q – Quality of Life
20 R – Relax: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
21 S – Sleep Problems When You’re a Caregiver
22 No Post
23 T – Time Management & Cancer
24 U – Unrealistic Expectations & Parental Guilt
25 V – Video of Tagrisso and Our Story
26 W – 6 Nuggets of Caregiving Wisdom
27 X – The Daily Examen (Not technically an X word, but close enough)
29 No Post
30 Z – Zero in on Self-Care
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.
My book Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, is available on Amazon.com
Also, put your memories into words with The Memory Maker’s Journal.
I also blog at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker