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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!

Inspiration for Caregivers

What’s the route to success when you are giving care to a loved one with cancer? 

“To succeed…you need to find something to hold onto, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. ” ~ Tony Dorsett

Susan’s Thoughts

Something to hold onto:  Hope!  Hope for better days ahead.  Hope for a closer relationship with your loved one.  Hope for relief for your loved one’s fears and anxieties about the cancer.  Hope for your loved one with cancer to have a good response to treatment.

Something to motivate you:  You will help set the tone for your loved one’s mindset.  You need to take care of yourself so you will be there to care for them.  You can’t control your loved one’s disease, but you can control your reaction to it.

Something to inspire you:  You are a special person!  You are giving a precious gift to your loved one with cancer.  You will become a better person for the experience.  You will grow in stature and in strength.  You do not have to be alone in this journey.  The Sanctuary For Cancer Caregivers cares for you and your loved one.  You really are a special person!

Doctor’s Day on 30 March

Did you know that 30 March is Doctor’s Day? It is only fitting that we have a day tohonor those who act as the primary physician for our loved one’s with cancer. Your loved one’s Doctor, the one who:

  • Answers all your loved one’s tough questions
  • Answers all your tough questions
  • Determines the course of treatment
  • Determines the prognosis
  • Heads up your loved one’s medical team
  • Takes the brunt of strong emotions from cancer patients and their families

So, what are we doing at the Sanctuary to celebrate and honor Doctors on their special day? We are running a sale from 30 Mar 2010 – 3 April 2010on the following:

51 Secrets Every Cancer Caregiver Needs to Know Now - Regularly $12.95, NOW $9.95

Embracing the Cancer Caregiver Mindset (with the Caring Action Mindset Plan)Regularly $19.95, NOW $14.95

You’d better grab them quickly. They won’t last long at these prices. Get your copies now while yougive tribute to Doctors everywhere. Click either of the links above to learn more.

Meditation for Cancer Caregivers as a Coping – Tool & Stress-Reliever

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World Cancer Day, 4 Feb 2010

“Cancer can be prevented too.”  That’s the campaign tagline for the World Cancer Campaign.  The focus is on the link between infections and cancer.  The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) is taking a lead in this campaign. 

The new trend is awareness of the link between infections and cancer.  Vaccines are one consideration to help with the fight.  Care for an interesting read on this topic?  I thought so! 

Learn all you can about this important topic! 

Cancer Caregivers at a Distance: 5 Proactive Tips

Here’s more tips for those who give care from a distance!  Ezine Articles has just published my latest article on Cancer Caregiving.  If you help care for a loved one from a distance, you know how challenging it can be.  If you are just getting started, these tips will help you plan ahead and maybe save some stress too!  Check it out!

Read “Cancer Caregivers at a Distance: 5 Proactive Tips” at: 

Susan Brownell Featured in Article in Cure Magazine

Susan Brownell, founder of the Sanctucare Company andthe website,is featured in an articlein the Winter Edition of Cure Magazine. The article is about blended families and caring for a loved one with cancer. Because of her personal caregiver experiences, Sue was interviewed for this article about caring for step-parents with cancer.

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Cancer Walk Rally & Other Events

walk Hello Caregivers! I just have to tell you about some recent events! Last year we attended our local Cancer Walk Rally to raise money for those in our area who have cancer and need some help from their neighbors. The group is called SACS (Sparta Area Cancer Support). Our website hadn’t even launched when we attended in August of 2008, but we donated raffle items and purchased luminaries. We also gave a financial contribution. The ceremony was incredible! So many people from our community pulled together to put on this touching event. They honored survivors. They remembered loved ones who were no longer with us. They had a balloon release. The event lasted for about six hours. It was such an uplifting experience; we knew we had to go again this year.

Not only did we attend this year, we also had a booth to increase awareness within our community of our website and services. We had the usual “freebies”. We had pens, calendars, magnets and flyers. We were able to speak with some wonderful folks attending or working the event. Some shared some personal stories. There was this incredible sense of oneness as so many worked together. Gray clouds loomed overhead as the SACS workers all told of never having been rained out. Winds whipped about briefly in the afternoon and a smattering of sprinkles slipped from the darkened sky. No one’s spirits were dampened as the preparations continued.

After a working part of a day (on her birthday), a hairdresser spent hours shaving heads for locks of love. One brave woman lived up to her bargain of shaving her head if she met her fund-raising goal. She had quite a crowd cheering her on. As the evening came on, the damp air took on a chill. She should have been cold, but she wore a big smile below her previous hairline! I handed her a hat to keep the chill off. I don’t think she even felt the chill between the big smile on her face and love in the air all around her!

Our small town community has been instrumental in creating a very successful annual event which gives back to the community in so many ways. Cancer patients and their families are helped as a result of this fund-raising. Two major medical centers in our area are given money from the proceeds for cancer research. Other communities have looked to our local group for guidance in how to duplicate their efforts.

The entire event is so inspirational and it makes me very proud of my community. Many of those working the event and in attendance have been touched by cancer. What is so amazing is that of all the workers at the event, so many have had loved ones with cancer. There are also those who fought the battle and won. After all they have been through, isn’t it wonderful these passionate people give back to their loved ones and their community?

And so, my hat is off to our great community. The need is there and people respond. They open their hearts and their wallets. But most of all, my hat is off to the SACS Board of Directors and workers. They are simply awesome!

Check out our photo here .

What does this mean to you? I urge you to get involved in your community to help fight the devastating impact of cancer! If you can’t give money, can you spare some time to help? If you can’t give of your time, can you spare a donation? Think of your loved one. Do it for them. Do it to feel empowered at a time when you need to feel like you can do something, anything, to make a difference!