Monday, June 29, 2009

Thanks and Appreciation to All Caregivers

Yesterday, one of my regular viewers left a very kind comment about caregivers. Manuel stressed the important role that a caregiver plays in maintaining the health and well being of the cancer patient. I am a caregiver and I know the impact that my actions have made along my husband's journey with cancer. I am so very blessed to have the opportunity to be there for him.

I trust that cancer patients all have caregivers by their side, whether they are your spouse, children, family members or friends. You do need someone to be there for you every step of the way.

Caregivers are those who accompany you to doctor appointments, testing, treatments and test results. We act as your second set of eyes and ears. We listen to everything that your doctor is saying, because we know once you leave that oncologist's office, you will most definitely forget most of what he has said. We carry our notebooks and write everything down for future reference. We take alot of your worry from you, so you can reduce your stress and we stay awake most nights listening intently in case you need something. We research to see what else is out there to ensure you are getting the best of treatment and care. We are experts with blood pressure monitors and thermometers. We know when you are just not feeling right and we go through the necessary processes to ensure you feel better soon.

I always say "whatever it takes" to make my husband get through any difficulties....that's my role as a caretaker. I've called people when things need to get done, I've put my name out there on a limb right with the best of them when I need action and I go right to the top if I don't get the response that I know is the best one for my husband. We are most definitely NOT understood sometimes by thsoe looking in from the outside, but we know that our actions are always in the best interest of those we love and care for.

Caregivers can help mend an aching heart or lift spirits that are shattered from too many treatments or a bad diagnosis. One very important thing to remember though as a caregiver, is to "take care of yourself"!

I do appreciate the comment about how we deserve a medal, but my reward is in my husband's smile and sound of his laughter when he's having a good day.

I'm going to list a couple of excellent websites for caregivers if you need information or support

"My journey as caregiver is not one that I would wish anyone else to travel, but it is one that I am very blessed to have the opportunity to take"


Sandy said...

Your blog inspires me and lets me know that I am not alone in this journey. Being a caregiver is the hardest job I have ever had, but I try not to dwell on the difficulty and just do what needs to be done. Thank you for your inspiration.

Daria said...

I think being a caregiver may be harder than being the person being cared for. Watching some suffer is hard.

It's not easy journey for either.

Anonymous said...

My wife Glenda gets upset when she is called Caregiver. She insists that she is doing her duty as my wife and she does not want any praise for doing it.
Well, sorry folks. This cancer fighter would more than likely not have made it this long without her love and strength.
My Glenda doesn't think of herself as very smart yet she is able to handle things like a pro. She talks with medical people and government workers to make sure I am taken care of. She makes sure I eat the right foods; she makes sure I eat.
I have been in love with her since we were 19 and my love and respect have grown by leaps and bounds during this journey.
All the praise in the world is not enough to thank you wonderful Caregivers for what you do. David Foster named you all Knights. A fitting title indeed.