10 CAREGIVER REMINDERS:
10) Every situation and person is different. There is not a “one size fits all” approach. Also, let go of “what if” thinking.
9) Empower yourself by going to doctor visits, asking questions and educating yourself about the illness.
8) Keep a close network of people who will let you share your feelings and priorities. This could include family members, friends of your choice, and your boss and a few select coworkers, if applicable.
7) Caregiving is a journey of cycles. Old emotions and issues may return unexpectedly.
6) Communicate honestly, clearly and frequently with the person you are caring for. Sharing your feelings can be rewarding for both of you.
5) Never let the one you are caring for feel like they are a burden. As tough as it is to admit, the situation isn’t entirely about you.
4) Find your stress relief, whether it’s exercise, writing, yoga, meditation or hanging out with positive people. Do something for yourself each day.
3) Admit when the load is getting heavy. You may not be able to provide all the care by yourself. Youmay need personal strength from others.
2) Be kind to the person living with cancer, to those around you who might not understand your role, and especially to yourself.
1) Be mindful and accepting of the changing needs as the situation evolves. Stay flexible, and make adjustments as needed.