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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→

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!

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!

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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