Archive for loved ones of cancer caregivers

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→

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 http://www.SanctuaryForCancerCaregivers.com.  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: http://bit.ly/1Mre7Xf , 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!

Holiday Meals for Cancer Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

Looking forward to those holiday treats? I thought so! Many of us are! It’s fine to indulge in some special treats over the holidays, but caregivers beware! Let’s think about the consequences for just a minute. I don’t want to spoil the party, but if we overdo the treats there may be a price to pay.

First let’s consider your loved one with cancer. Are they on a special diet from the Doctor or a nutritionist? Usually, diet is an important consideration. As we celebrate the holidays, we often throw our usual eating habits out the window until after New Years. This usually means we aren’t eating as healthy as usual. We are busy. Friends give gifts of food. We eat away from home. We may have guests at home. We don’t feel we have time to cook as usual. How will your loved one feel if he or she isn’t eating right? Be sure to offer some healthy choices for your loved one. Some of the very rich holiday foods may disagree with your loved one. Many foods aren’t appealing to those undergoing treatments or who are very ill. He or she probably doesn’t feel the best anyway without adding to that with poor food options. If you can offer a few things you know your loved one likes and can tolerate, this would be a great time to ensure they are available.

What about you, the caregiver? Sure, you want to have some treats, and why shouldn’t you? Just remember to mix in plenty of healthy foods too and not overdo the not so healthy options. First of all, your loved one probably feels they are missing out on a lot already, right? Most of all, try to keep your treats under control because overdoing them will also have an impact on how YOU feel and your energy level. Yes, overdoing certain treats, such as sugar, can make you very tired and trigger other health issues, if you are susceptible to them.

When we think of treats, we often think of the unhealthy things we eat. Actually, there are many things that are good for you and your loved one that you might consider a treat because you don’t have them very often. How about some Shrimp Cocktail? There’s nothing like fresh Strawberries or fresh Pineapple. Get the idea?

You have a lot going on in your life and you probably don’t want to do anything negative to impact your health at a time like this, right? So, go ahead, enjoy some treats–you know you have to have one or maybe even two of Grandma’s Sugar Cookies! Just don’t eat the entire plateful, so both you and your loved one can enjoy the holidays. Cheers!