|SUE - a breast cancer survivor||
I have advertised in the paper and on web sites and yet we have a small showing for our support group for caregivers. I am in a dilemma as I am not sure how to proceed from here. I know there are husbands of patients, wives of patients, family members and friends that are struggling with what to do and how to do for the patient as they seek and receive treatment. I see the drawn and distraught faces. I am sure that this may seem one more obligation on their plate to come to a session and it is difficult to verbalize what fears, concerns, and possibly frustration and even anger during this whole process that they may be feeling. I am no expert but I am a great listener and knowing others are with you and understand you and may actually be feeling the same emotions as what you are going through is a tremendous support. I can also say that there are workshops for caregivers of people living with cancer that you can do over the telephone or online. The next one coming up that I would totally recommend is through Cancer care and if is FOR CAREGIVERS: COPING WITH A LOVED ONE"S CANCER DURING THE HOLIDAYS and it is on Tuesday, December 07, 2010- 1:30-2:30 pm eastern time. You can register online at www.cancercare.org/connect or you can call for more information at 1-800-813-HOPE (4673). These programs are for free and I highly recommend the programs they offer and the information and education you receive. Due to the holiday schedule we will not be meeting in December but will resume January 19th 2011. The institute offers a STAYING CONNECTED care group is between 12-1 at the library for past and present patients (anyone going through treatment or has completed it) and then that evening, Jaunuary 19th, 2011 from 7-8:30 in the evening we will be meeting with the THROUGH YOUR EYES support group for caregivers and families. Please feel free to join us but in the mean time if you need help, a listening ear, a friend and support, please call me at the institute at (814)373-3381. Make it a great day!