Coping with Cancer as a Caregiver
It is okay to feel overwhelmed:
- You may feel the need to be emotionally strong for your loved one in the wake of their cancer diagnosis, but it is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed.
- You may experience an onslaught of emotions, ranging from anger, sadness, grief and even guilt. These emotions – and many others – are completely normal.
Talk about your feelings
- It will help to talk about your feelings. Our counselors and social workers can help you come to terms with your loved one’s cancer and help you cope along the way
Take care of yourself
- Taking care of yourself is really important. As a caregiver, it’s easy to spend most, if not all, of your time focusing on your loved one’s health, but it’s important not to neglect your own.
- Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep and relaxation, so that you will be in a better frame of mind to take care of your loved one to the best of your ability.
- It is also beneficial if you and the rest of your family members and friends can figure out a rotation schedule of care for the patients so that you don’t get burned out and avoid fatigue.
Take care of your emotional and spiritual well-being
- It may also help to try and find meaning during this time. When your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is common to start questioning your faith or beliefs.
- You may feel in need of some spiritual guidance, or may simply need some time alone to just think or meditate.
- As part of its comprehensive approach to cancer care, KHCC recognizes the importance of spiritual well-being. Our patients and their caregivers can choose to receive support from a spiritual advisor of their choice while at the Center.