I call him a "Miracle Man" because his journey with cancer, truly had been a miracle!
I trust you will find encouragement and inspiration on this website. My posts up to March 2012 relates my husband's and mine experiences for most of his cancer journey. Sadly, my husband recently passed but his memory will continue to live on because of his courage and heroism. Now as I begin to start over, my posts will also be written to help others who have lost loved ones.
Being a caregiver is not easy at all. Caregivers carry enormous responsibilites everyday. Not only do we have the never ending stress on a daily and hourly basis of knowing the person we are caring for is constantly fighting to live, we endure enormous stress during times when we cannot do anything to make our loved ones lives better.
Let me set the scene for those who read this and do not have a cancer patient to care for. Have you ever sat in a hospital waiting room just outside the OR as your loved one is undergoing major life-saving surgery? Everytime that door opens your heart skips a beat as you visualize the surgeon coming out to give you the worse possible scenerio. Your loved ones life is in the balance and there's not a darn thing you can do to help. I'm sure now you can relate to the anxiety and uncertainty that I and other caregivers feel everyday as we watch our loved ones struggle to keep living.
I have come to realize as well that very few people tend to think of the caregiver and try to extend a helping hand if and when they can. In my experience of being a caregiver now for over five years (for which I am truly thankful), only a very small handful of people have ever asked how "I" am doing. It's not that I want recognition, but there are many times during difficult days when just the smallest sign that someone out there cares, makes a huge difference! I have a friend who always not only asks how my husband is doing, but also he never ends the conversation without asking how I'm doing and if there is anything that he can do. Such a small gesture, but one that makes me realize someone out there truly cares. Yesterday was no different, after going to get my mail and there it was, a "Thinking of You" card from a relative! I appreciated the fact that someone took the time from their busy day to send that card just to let me know they were thinking of me and to help brighten my day.
Why am I writing this post about caregivers? It's to let those of you who read it really understand that being a caregiver is not an easy road to travel. I received a comment a few days ago from a caregiver who was going to spend a night away from home and have a day of pampering - she needs that time to feel energized, in order to provide the best of care for her husband and I congratulate her for doing that.
I would encourage ALL caregivers reading this to do just that "take time for yourselves" whenever you can do that. We all need to re-energize. Keep up the great work!!!
For those of you reading this who are not caregivers, I would encourage you all to connect with any caregivers you may know. Such simple acts of kindness such as a telephone call, sending a card, or asking how they are doing will mean more to them than I could ever write in words.