Caring for a loved one with cancer

Posted Oct. 09, 2011, at 12:37 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 10, 2011, at 9:17 a.m.

Today’s Sunday Telegram features a piece on coping with the diagnosis of cancer in a loved one, by Yarmouth writer Kathleen Connelly.

“Depending on how close you are to the patient, both geographically and emotionally, you may find your life dominated by the diagnosis for an indefinite period of time. Even if you’re not the primary caregiver, you may find yourself affected in ways that would never have occurred to you B.C. (Before Cancer),” Connelly writes.

“I found this out the hard way. From 2006 through 2009, from the cancer journeys of my aunt, mother, brother, sister and best friend, I learned far more about coping with a loved one’s cancer than I ever wanted to know. And the older you get, the more likely it is you will have to accompany someone you love on the scary, exhausting, tear-soaked, hopeful, life-altering roller-coaster ride that is cancer.”

Connelly stresses the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, seeking support and caring for oneself while caring for the cancer patient. Read her column here.

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