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Siblings as Caregivers: The Challenges and Cherished Gifts

BarbPriceHow does a family who has already suffered the loss of a father and a brother to cancer take on the role of caregiver for a third time and this time for their sister, Judy, who had no partner or adult children to help share the responsibility of her care? 

What follows describes how Barb Price and her sisters, Donna and Debbie, made a challenging caregiver situation into a cherished one.  – Pat Taylor, CKN Caregiver Editor

 

 


 

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Part Two – Caregivers’ Choice: Take It on the Chin, or Chin Up [1]?

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by Deborah J. Cornwall, Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

This is the second of a 2 part series….read part one.

Caregiving is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s hard for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’re in emotional turmoil most of the time, dealing with unknown and unpredictable variables, in a relentless juggling act, without any certainty about what’s coming around the next bend in the road.

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Part One – Caregivers’ Choice: Take it on the Chin, or Chin Up [1]?

hopeby Deborah J. Cornwall, Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

This is the first of a 2 part series….read Part 2 here.

Caregiving is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s hard for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’re in emotional turmoil most of the time, dealing with unknown and unpredictable variables, in a relentless juggling act, without any certainty about what’s coming around the next bend in the road.

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My Last Gift

Johnny3by Karen Irwin, CKN Project Co-ordinator, Caregiver

He has reached the point where he can no longer move.  No speaking.  No swallowing.  No eating.  No blinking.  He is trapped in a world where his mind is alive but his body is shutting down.  He must know what’s happening but who’s going to be the one to broach the subject of death?  After all, he’s only 7 years old.

 

The nightmare began almost 6 years earlier.  My world had crumbled around me as a neurologist walked into our hospital room and announced he had very bad news:  my 21 month old son Johnny had a brain tumour the size of a small orange.  I had expected this terrible news because an hour earlier I had been in the room during his CT scan.  The young technicians were friendly and we chatted effortlessly while we laid his little sleeping body on the table.  Then, suddenly, I felt the air in the room change as they took their first glance at the computer screen.  The technicians, who just a moment ago were chatting with me, were no longer able to look me in the eye.  So I knew what the neurologist was going to say and I felt my breath being slowly sucked out of me.

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The Intimacy of Cancer

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by Rob Harris, Caregiver

Early in my journey as a Caregiver Advocate, I was interviewed for an article being written for MSNBCTodayShow.com. Though I was flattered by the request, I was surprised by the topic of the piece. The reporter focused on men that dump their spouses and partners once they learn their mate has been diagnosed with cancer.

I had spoken to many caregivers prior to that request. Never had I encountered a “runner.” Apparently I was naive. I was also shocked. I couldn’t believe that someone would abandon their loved one in their greatest time of need. The thought of it really bothered me.

Why?

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