May 25, 2009
Volume 1, Issue 2

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Sue’s Thoughts for the Day

Feature Article:

From the Heart of A Cancer Patient, Part 2

Events & Updates: 

Coming Tuesday, 26 May 2009 at 7:00 PM CST: We are hosting a FREE Teleseminar/Webinar with a very special guest, and you are invited! Pastor Steve Stern will help bring focus to an important topic for
all Cancer Caregivers. His interview, "Revealed: Insights from an Oncology Chaplain" will provide a glimpse into the world of a Chaplain serving those in a time of great need. His 23 years of experience will provide listeners with answers to some frequently asked questions. You don't want to miss this one! See details below.

Next newsletter: 

You'll hear from Ron, a Caregiver to his wife during her treatment for breast cancer. 

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Welcome to our new subscribers! We are so pleased to have you with us! "Solace and Sustenance for Cancer Caregivers" is an ezine, that is, an electronic magazine or newsletter sent to subscriber's email boxes.

This ezine is currently published one - two times a month. Eventually we plan to expand to a more frequent schedule. We hope that you enjoy each issue that is packed with information to help those who care for Cancer Patients! For more helpful information, please visit our website at As you give care, we'll be there! 

Are you enjoying spring? What a wonderful time of year! Spring has always been my favorite time of year. Well, at least until I got allergies! :) Even so, there is nothing beyond compare as when you step outside and see the bright green and newly sprouted grass. All the brown landscape has burst into color. The tulips are blooming. It is as if their petals are arms opening to embrace the returning songbirds and their lovely tunes. 

Your life may be very busy right now with all you have going on, but remember to take a moment to treat yourself to Mother Nature's spring renewal! Step outside, look at the many miracles happening around you! How uplifting these moments with nature can be!

Some species of birds are busy nesting. Imagine these tiny creatures working as hard as they do. If your loved one is up to it, ensure they get ample opportunities to enjoy this incredible time of the year. If they are not up to it, put their favorite chair by the window so they can watch Mother Nature do her thing in the spring! Ask your loved one what favorite memories they have of spring. Use this rejuvenating time of year to help your loved one remember some fond memories from springs of the past. 

Wise Words for Caregivers: "I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance."

Pablo Casals

From the Heart of a Cancer Patient, Part 2

In this week’s article, we will continue our interview of Jeanette Brownell, a cancer survivor. For those who are new to our newsletter, let me tell you a bit about Jeanette. Jeanette has been through a grueling ordeal as she treated her cancer. Through this process she learned much about the devastating impact of this disease. In this second article of a two-part series, she shares with our readers what she learned and how she coped. You won’t want to miss any of this eye-opening interview. 

Jeanette had a full life. With a husband, two married children, four grandchildren and a professional career, she had little time to be ill. Jeanette was teaching full-time for Western Wisconsin Technical College. Jeanette had recently reached a milestone and received her Master’s Degree. She taught days, evenings, and a good portion of the summer months, as well. Then came the diagnosis. Jeanette had breast cancer. Following is the second part of her interview:

What do you know now that you wish you’d have known earlier in the process? I wish I’d have given myself a breast exam every month. I wish I’d have been more proactive on my health. The once a year Doctor exams and mammograms are not enough.

Did/do you find it easy to communicate your feelings to family? Friends? No

Do you feel family and friends have somewhat of an understanding of what you are going through both physically and mentally? Yes

What were/are your biggest challenges? The surgery was one of the biggest challenges. Another challenge was not knowing how the chemotherapy would affect me. My immune system was deficient from the chemo. The white blood cells were low. There was a constant concern about catching something because of my weakened immune system. Another challenge was being at home all the time. I did not feel like I could go anyplace because of exposure to other diseases, flu and colds. 

What has helped you cope the most effectively? The understanding and support of my husband, son, and daughter. My husband, Ron took me to all my appointments. His being there helped a lot. He did all the housework for me. He was very attentive.

What made you feel most helpless? The fact that my immune system was so compromised. 

What did you want others to do to support you? What I most wanted was for people to keep in contact. I wanted them to understand how I was feeling and why I couldn’t be the same person I was beforehand. 

What did you not want others to do to support you? There was nothing that others did that I didn’t like or that wasn’t helpful.

What’s the most meaningful thing anyone did for you? The most meaningful was all the support and care my husband, Ron, gave me. All the inspirational cards and messages that people sent helped, as well.

In our next issue of “Solace and Sustenance for Cancer Caregivers,” we’ll learn about the role Jeanette's spouse, Ron, played when dealing with her illness. We'll also find out how he coped as her husband and caregiver.

FREE Teleseminar/Webinar on Tuesday, 26 May 09, at 7:00 PM CST: That's right! We are hosting a ***FREE*** teleseminar/webinar and YOU are invited! This will be held live on the phone and live on the web simultaneously! You can attend these informative events from the comfort of your own home. 

Our teleseminar topic is "Revealed: Insights from an Oncology Chaplain". Join us by listening to this powerful interview as Pastor Steve Stern shares what he has learned in his 23 years as a Chaplain in an Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Pastor Stern has authored two books. 

In this enlightening interview Pastor Stern reveals: 

  • What loved ones can do to help their cancer patients with their concerns
  • How loved ones can open the door to communication
  • What is it that your loved one with cancer MOST wants from you and their friends?
  • How do cancer survivors change after their cancer experience?
  • His greatest lessons learned from cancer patients and their caregivers

When you face uncertainty and don't know how to handle the situation, what do you do? Do you wonder what you can do to help your loved one with cancer at those times when you feel powerless? Would you like to know what your loved one really wants? You won't want to miss this event! 

Because we have a limited number of phone lines, we encourage you to sign up right away. We suggest you call in a few minutes early the evening of the teleseminar/webinar, if you use the phone. 

If you use the internet, just access the webpage prior to the start time. To sign up and get the details, go here now!

So, how does a Teleseminar or Webinar work? It's so easy! After you sign up, you'll be given access to the "Call In" details. You will get to choose either of the two options listed below. Either way, you will get the same great information!

Option 1 Teleseminar: You will receive information on a special long-distance phone number to call with a passcode to punch in on your phone pad to get access to the Teleseminar mode.


Option 2 Webinar: You will also receive information to access a web page where you can listen to the telephone call on the internet! This saves you long-distance charges! (Just be sure to have your speakers turned on!) 

To sign up and get the details, go here now!

We look forward to bringing you many methods of support and encouragement. We are getting some great teleseminars and webinars planned for you. Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when we arrange these teleseminars. We are also arranging interviews with some interesting people with a wealth of resources. Be sure you read your email and visit our website. We don’t want you to miss any opportunities to help make your caregiver duties easier! 

Did you miss our special event?

On April 8th, we hosted a Teleseminar and Webinar on the topic, "The Big Shift: Embracing the Cancer Caregiver Mindset". This teleseminar covered the task of taking on the challenge of being a Cancer Caregiver to a loved one. If you missed this teleseminar, it's not too late to get this powerful information. Would you like to know how you can keep things in perspective and maintain a proper mindset? If so, go here now to get the recording of this event.

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Yours, In Compassionate Care,

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