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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→

Putting the “Care” in Caregiving

Good morning to all who care for their loved ones with cancer! As you take care of your loved one, it is so easy to become mechanical in some of the tasks you have to do. When the stress, strain and emotions of giving care starts to wear you down, you may need to step back and focus on what you really are there for as a cancer caregiver. You are there to give care. Giving care can come in many forms: physical care, cooking, cleaning, laundry, transporting to and from appointments, and performing many additional tasks. But giving care is caregiving! Anyone could provide many of those services you do. But WHY do you do them? It’s because you CARE! And you care in a big way. That’s the difference between a loved one providing care to their loved one with cancer and a stranger providing that care. Loved ones put the “Care” in Caregiving. As you do some of those not so pleasant tasks, remember why you are doing them. You do them because you truly care! You perform those sometimes unpleasant tasks out of love. Thank you for putting the “Care” in Caregiving!