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Cancer Caregiving

This image is from a story by Gerald Saluti titled, “My wife has cancer…Now what do I do?

 

When someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer, you may feel as if your world has been turned inside out and upside down. It is both difficult and disorienting. During this time, you get to see what you and your loved one are made of. You may also get to see what your community is made of. Some people might let you down, while others will step up in surprising ways. At Tyze, we are proud to provide an online tool that allows you to organize your support network, stay connected, and ask for help when you need it most.

 

In our Tyze blog, our intention is to provide insights and resources to enhance your experience of caregiving. Today, we are looking at a fantastic book by Dr. John Garnand, titled “Cancer Caregiver Roles”. Donna Thomson from The Caregiver’s Living Room highly recommends this book for new cancer caregivers, especially men looking after their spouses who have had little caregiving life experience.

 

In this story, Dr. John Garnand explores and unpacks how being a caregiver for his wife changed everything. As a professor of business, it was a jolting adjustment to become a full-time caregiver. However, his background helped him to organize and articulate the lessons he learned, for the good of others. When his wife was diagnosed with cancer, he learned a lot about how marital roles can shift and change in these situations. The author shares what he learned and explores three new areas of responsibility that enter the reality of the cancer caregiver. In her review, Donna Thomson pointed out 3 key insights that are offered by this book:

 

3 Valuable Insights from “Cancer Caregiver Roles.”

 

1. Medical Support – How to better manage scheduling, medication support, monitoring side effects, managing pain, maintaining medical records, and advance medical directives. This book has a comprehensive list of cancer definitions, defined in simple and clear terms. It also includes common cancer treatments and possible side effects of medications.

 

2. Insurance and Financial Management – How to select the right insurance plans to help cover expenses.

 

3. Household Management – Being a caregiver can be like running a business. It is empowering to better understand nutrition management, safety, controls for infection, as well as providing physical, emotional and spiritual support. In addition to information and insights, John Garnand shares how he discovered aspects of himself that revealed his full humanity and capacity for empathy.

 

If you are caring for someone with cancer, you can also check out the following books:

 

 

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