Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Taking Care of a Loved One with Cancer
When taking care of a loved one, there are certain things you will need to know.
Treatment for Cancer does not stop at the physician’s office, or after having a chemo/radiation session. Cancer patients need support and loving care from the moment they are diagnosed until there treatment journey ends. Caring for a loved one with Cancer
takes measurements of Strength, Compassion, Understanding and Self-Sacrifice.
Above all…When your loved one receives any bad news, no matter how upset it makes you, keep your emotions under control. You getting upset will only cause added stress on your loved one.
Recommendation of things you will need:
* You will need transportation to accompany your loved one to doctor/treatment appointments.
* A Medical Organizer to track and keep every aspect of there treatment journey.
This will be useful for everyone involved in your loved ones health care treatment.
* You may also want to consider a support group for all family members.
Each of us experience different emotions when dealing with a loved one who has Cancer. The emotions vary from, anger, depression, sadness and helplessness.
The Care Giving Process:
Always escort your loved one to every doctor appointment or treatment session.
Your loved one is counting on you not only for support, but to keep track of every aspect of there treatment. You will need to know all scheduled appointments, medications they are taking, medical insurance claims etc.
When a loved receives chemotherapy, it is important that someone stays with them to keep them encouraged. Chemo sessions can vary in length of time. You can spend the time talking, doing word puzzles etc. This will help them not to focus only on there treatment.
Have knowledge about Chemotherapy side effects so you will be prepared should your loved one experience. Some side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue to name a few.
It is important to retain a positive outlook at all times when interacting with a loved one battling Cancer. Encourage them to talk about the future, help them make plans for a vacation once there treatment has ended. This will give them hope. It is a proven fact, a happy joyous spirit, filled with hope plays a major role in a person’s recovery process.
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