A cancer diagnosis is a leap into a journey of medical tests, doctors, nurses and hospitals. If the patient asks, there are support systems available for aÂ myriad of cancers, thanks to organizations like Team Tony. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago and joined a cancer support group, but my biggest support came from my husband. He was my caregiver. My husband is also a cancer survivor and I was his caregiver, twice.
A caregiver provides emotional support, encouragement, ensures the patient is taking their meds, communicates with medical teams, family and friendsâ€¦the list goes on what caregivers do.
But caregivers need support too, as they can feel isolated, scared, overwhelmed and the pressure to be a constant â€œcheerleader.â€
Michelle Mussett was able to match me with a woman who reached out to find someone who would understand the role she had been thrust into. This person and I bonded instantly because of our shared role as caregiver. Helping people to survive cancer emotionally has been a driving force for
me since my diagnosis. Now knowing that I can further giveback to the cancer community by supporting caregivers, well, â€œthatâ€™s priceless!