Caring for the Caregiver was developed specifically to provide resources and support for cancer caregivers to help them address the issues they face on an ongoing basis. As a caregiver, it is easy to be overwhelmed by caring for a cancer survivor. An important point to remember is that you, as a caregiver, are also a survivor because you, too, are surviving the challenges, responsibilities, and life-changing effects of this disease and its treatment. Throughout this program, you will hear stories taken from real life and solutions that can provide you with the hope and options you need, while showing you ways to balance your own personal needs with those of the person you are caring for.
After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:
- Strengthen your skills and abilities while finding and using new resources
- Do a much better job of nurturing everyone involved—including yourself
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Hear from Marcia, a survivor, caregiver, and actress; reflect on the life of a caregiver.
Listen to this track to hear about the different skills that will be provided in this program.
Survivor Stories: Communicating
Hear John explain how communicating helped him be a better caregiver for his wife.
Survivor Stories: Finding Information
Listen to Elena talk about her experience taking the time she needed to get important information.
Survivor Stories: Making Decisions
Hear Jean, a survivor, and Sandra, her friend and caregiver, talk about their experience with being practical and making confident decisions.
Survivor Stories: Problem Solving
Hear Sandra explain how Jean’s friends and family came together to take part in the total caregiving plan.
Survivor Stories: Negotiating
Learn from Mei Ling the importance of negotiating and fighting for your rights as a caregiver.
Survivor Stories: Advocating for Others
Hear how Brian’s parents advocated for him when they learned of his feelings.
Survivor Stories: Advocating for the Caregiver
Learn from Katie how to advocate for yourself without reducing the level of care for the cancer survivor.