Taking care of someone with a chronic illness like cancer can pose unique challenges. Despite this, millions of parents, children, siblings, partners, friends, and neighbors put their lives on hold to care for someone they love. Every day, they put someone else ahead of themselves and sacrifice their own personal priorities. Not only do they advocate for their loved-ones but they also are mindful and respectful of their family members wishes.
Being a good listener is important in caregiving. Only one person understands the pain of being a patient, and that’s the patient themselves. None of us know what it’s like to be in his or her shoes, a person with a serious illness and those without live in two different worlds. Listening is one way of connecting with one another. Try to understand your loved ones view about the price they are willing to pay when dealing with a life-threatening illness and the choices they have. Having a frank conversation is ok. Discuss quality of life vs. quantity. What matters most may not be more time, but the ability to more fully enjoy the time they have with loved ones and family.
You will be the person who is responsible with setting boundaries with other family members or friends to protect private matters. Be a strong advocate for them. You can serve as the eye, ear and mouth for the person who is suffering. This will help the patient, and the doctors will respect your concern. Health care is a very complicated place and a complicated process, be a good navigator and use resources where possible to help. Lastly, ask the right questions to the doctors and nurses. Try to understand the unique nature of your loved one’s illness.
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