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A – Z Blogging Challenge : Caregiving


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:

April    Title/Topic

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)

28             Y – Young Adult Caregivers Ages 18-26

29             No Post

30             Z – Zero in on Self-Care


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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

Also, check out Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer.

Also, put your memories into words with The Memory Maker’s Journal.

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14 comments on “A – Z Blogging Challenge : Caregiving

Having been a caregiver for 2 1/2 years before my husband passed and having several friends cast in that role right now, I look forward to following along.

Donna B McNicol
Romance & Mystery…writing my life
A-Z Flash Fiction Tales:
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I’m sorry for your loss, Donna. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and checking out your blogs, as well.

This sounds like an interesting topic to cover.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Dining with IC
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author


Thank you, Patricia. Happy A to Z!

I have been an off and on reader of your posts since 2017 A-Z . During that time, I spent a couple of months in the US with a family member who is battling cancer. My small window into the caregiving world gave me a new appreciation for it. Your theme is timely and I look forward to reading your posts. Thanks, Heather, for sharing your lives so openly with the world.


Thank you, Emily. I’ve enjoyed your site and look forward to more Ecuador in 2018’s A to Z.

Goodness, Heather! You are the second person I’ve run across who has said they will do the A-Z on two different subjects! My hat is off to you. May you be inspired and strengthened as you write.

Although not a caregiver on your level, I’ve become a caregiver to my husband who has been disabled with bipolar since 1999. I will read your posts with interest!
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Hi Jerralea. You are definitely a caregiver. Thank you for your encouragement. I look forward to reading your blog!

A fantastic theme that will help so many people who find themselves in this position
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Thank you, Debbie. Happy A to Z and Happy Easter!

Thanks for sharing this information I’m so glad to read this the content you presented in this site is wonderful and it’s going to help a number of people…and I’m going to share this article with my neighborhood she has been suffering from cancer for five years…
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Thank you, Dr. Geetha. I hope it helps.

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