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Flash Sale “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times”

Flash Sale! There have been snow flurries today and I’m beginning to feel the holiday spirit.  :)  So, for the next 24 hrs my book is on sale at an unbelievable price. “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times” is a one of a kind book.

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Have you read the Editorial and the Customer reviews? This book is really touching people and helping them too. Act soon, as this sale is only for 24 hrs. And…Happy Holidays, a little early! Get it here, this won’t last long:

A Fundraiser for Sparta Area Cancer Support in Honor of Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a good time to remember those who are suffering with cancer and their caregivers. This disease has a devastating impact on our loved ones and their caregivers. The physical, emotional, and financial toll is heavy. Through the Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACs) organization, our community has done an outstanding job of coming together to be there for these people at a time when they need a friend more than ever.

Now, you can help make a difference too. In honor of Family Caregivers Month, you are invited to join us in an online fund-raiser for SACS. We are donating 10% of our November royalties made from the online Amazon sales of our new book, “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times” to Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS). Read More→

New Book for Cancer Caregivers

Susan has just released an updated edition of her book for cancer caregivers:  “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times” has even more practical tips to help caregivers deal with the stress of being a caregiver to a loved one with cancer.  It provides caregivers with numerous ways to help take care of themselves.


Within the pages of this book, caregivers will find some insights to help them on their journey.

Learn more about this book.  “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times” provides helpful tips for anyone who is a caregiver to a loved one with a serious illness.  It is available as a paperback or Kindle version.  If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle app available for many phones, tablets and even for your PC.  Get the free Kindle app here.

You can look inside the book, read the book description, the editorial reviews or buy this book here:  View or buy this book on Amazon.

View the book trailer here.

National Stress Awareness Day

Thursday, April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day.  It’s a topic very fitting for caregivers.

There seems to be an epidemic.  People are stressed.  You can see it on their faces and hear it in their voices.  With all that is going on in the world, is it any wonder people are stressed?  Read More→

Caregiver’s Life Message in a Candy Wrapper

Many of us have been there.  Sometimes you just have a yearning for a little piece of chocolate.  Eating that little piece of chocolate isn’t just a matter of pleasing your taste buds.  There’s a known relationship between chocolate and endorphins.  Endorphins are used by your neurons to communicate with each other.  Eating chocolate can release this chemical, which in turn can affect how people feel.  It actually causes people to feel pleasure.  Read More→

Our Interview Has Been Rescheduled to Wednesday, 18 February!

For those who were trying to listen in to my interview this afternoon…you didn’t find it because they couldn’t reach me due to some problems with their phone lines today. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, you found something else of interest to listen to while you were waiting!

Meanwhile, WRNW1-Women’s Radio Network requested to reschedule me for tomorrow, Wed, 18 Feb at 2:24 PM CST.  I rescheduled another appointment I had for tomorrow so I could do this interview.  I’m hoping the -30 below zero wind chill that is forecast doesn’t freeze all communications on this end tomorrow!  :)

You can use the same link as before:

Again, my apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Have a great night and try to stay warm!

Upcoming Interview on The Women’s Radio Network

We have a big day tomorrow!  The Women’s Radio Network (WRNW1) will be interviewing me about my work for Cancer Caregivers, which you see here on  Lisa Singer will be interviewing me live.

Care to join us?  It’s easy!  You can listen in on Tuesday,17 Feb 2015 at 3:00 PM CST.  Go to this link: , then click on the gray button that says, “CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE.”

Please share and spread the word so as many caregivers as possible can attend.  See you there!

Don’t Be a Discouraged Caregiver to a Loved One With Cancer

It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. ~ Vince Lombardi

~ Susan Says:  When you have a rough day caring for your loved one with cancer, or think you maybe could have handled something differently, don’t be discouraged.  You are going through a new experience.  It isn’t always clear what to do.  Don’t be hard on yourself. 

No one is perfect.  Take a cleansing breath and move on and try again.  Your loved one will probably understand.  If he or she doesn’t seem to understand, simply explain how you feel and that this is new for you.  More than likely, your loved one will understand. 

The important thing, as Vince Lombardi said, is to get back up and move on.  You have bigger things to be concerned about, right?  If you are feeling bad, remember, you are learning from this experience.  And learning is a good thing!

Remembering a Cancer Victim’s Birthday and Memorial Day

Birthdays come and birthdays go, but when it’s your Mom’s birthday, you just have to pay tribute.  Today is my Mom’s birthday. 

The date of Mom’s Birthday is easy because it originally was on Memorial Day.  In 1971 the official designated date to celebrate Memorial Day was changed to the last Monday in May.  For the US, Memorial Day is a time to remember or “Memorialize” those who gave the ultimate sacrifice–their life–while protecting and preserving our country and the freedom we enjoy.  It is a debt Americans cannot repay to those we honor, but a respect that we humbly give to those who so generously gave their all. 

It seemed only fitting that my Mom’s Birthday was around Memorial Day.   Read More→

April is Cancer Control Month–What are You Doing About It?

The National Cancer Society has named April as Cancer Control Month.  Heart disease is the only cause of death beating out cancer in the US.  There are so many kinds of cancer and so much to be known about for each one. 

If you are a caregiver to a loved one with cancer, you know how devastating this disease can be.  As you care for your loved one, you will want to remember to take care of yourself, as well.  This means eating right, exercising, getting enough rest and in general, trying to stay healthy.  It also means you should get your annual physical exam at the Doctor’s office.  In between those annual exams, you still will want to stay alert to any signals that your body may have something going on which needs investigating.   

Do you know the seven warning signs of cancer?  If you experience any of these, you should get checked out by your Doctor:

  1. Any unusual bleeding
  2. A lump or thickening in the breast or any place
  3. A sore that doesn’t seem to heal
  4. Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  5. Persistent cough or hoarseness
  6. Problems swallowing or chronic indigestion
  7. Change in size or color of a wart or mole

Don’t ignore any of the symptoms.  It may not be cancer, but you need to know for sure.  As a Cancer Caregiver, you must value your own health and not take it for granted.  You’ll be glad you did!