Car­ing for the care­giver

C.A.R.E. - - Cancer -

Those living with can­cer are not the only ones af­fected by the di­ag­no­sis. As a care­giver youmay find that:

• Your pri­or­i­ties have changed dras­ti­cally

• You are less care­free

• You go on more emo­tional roller­coaster rides than be­fore

• You have a hard time sleep­ing

• You be­come more ir­ri­ta­ble or sen­si­tive

• You face fi­nan­cial is­sues from not be­ing able to main­tain a full-time job or pay­ing for more ex­penses

• You be­come closer to fam­ily and friends

• You are more tired and get sick more of­ten (“Care­giver Fa­tigue”)

• You may learn to value life and the peo­ple in yours more

• You may seem more “re­served” or “re­moved” from those that know you

• You might have an in­creased level of in­se­cu­rity in ar­eas such as: how you han­dle your stress, how you are jug­gling your life, your per­for­mance at work/in roles, man­ag­ing your re­la­tion­ships, and mostly in the way you are car­ing for your loved one

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