Helping A Loved One With Cancer
Cancer can be one of the most terrifying words in our language. A person who has been diagnosed with cancer is faced with the harsh realities of fighting a difficult battle while knowing that it may be a battle that can't be won. Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t just affect the person who has been diagnosed, families become victims too. Over and above the tremendous emotional distress that cancer causes, the family fighting the disease carries other burdens including lost income and medical costs.
Family and friends have the best intentions, but family and friends can be overwhelming to someone facing cancer with their research efforts. Family and friends can be overly enthusiastic in advocating aggressive treatment without fully understanding the side effects and outcomes. However our family and friends are crucial to survival. Numerous studies have correlated cancer survival with social contacts. Knowing your limits is important. It is ok to take a rest and regroup. Set your priorities and acknowledge your limitations.
As a leading provider of experienced caregivers in Atlanta, Easy Living Services has worked with hundreds of families suffering through cancer. As a result of our experiences, we would like to share the following insights:
Managing Cancer: 10 Key Points
Cancer treatment is often invasive, physically and emotionally draining and very scary for the person going through it.
Families can never understand what their loved one is going through, emotionally and physically. You can’t fix their problems, but you can listen and be understanding.
Taking care of a loved one with cancer may involve great sacrifices, such as quitting a job or making up for their lost income.
Families that maintain positive attitudes and steadfast support are the most successful in navigating the cancer journey.
People with cancer don’t want to feel helpless, even when they may be. Treating them as such, even with the most caring intentions, may make things worse.
Families with cancer loved ones need answers as much as the person who is dealing with this disease. Forums, friends and support groups can provide comfort and understanding.
Reach out for help if needed. Professional caregiver services as well as friends, family and your church or synagogue are valuable resources.
Accompany your loved one to a doctor’s visit. It may be difficult, but not nearly as difficult as it will be for your loved one. They will sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Cancer isn’t pretty. Make your loved one feel beautiful inside with your thoughtfulness and caring. Never be ashamed to take them with you, even when they may look terrible. The fight and its appearance should be construed as a badge of courage.
Cancer is everyone’s fight. Participate in walks, events and fundraisers. You never know when this effort may end up helping you.
Want to learn more about how your loved one might benefit from one-on-one care by a seasoned, professional caregiver? Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for Home Care, Easy Living Services, Inc. We have supported families in their efforts to keep loved ones fulfilled since 1994.
Call us today to discuss your specific needs 770-442-8664. We're ready to help.
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