As the holiday season draws near, we’re discussing the topic of family. Whether we’re related by blood or connected through shared experiences, ‘family’ are the people who support and love us. How has your family impacted your experience as a caregiver? How do family gatherings around the holiday season affect your loved one?
Why do we tell stories? Stories have been with us since the beginning of our history as people. We speak them to our children, we recall them as we age. We use them to bridge divides, to establish commonality, to illustrate lessons. Stories ground us in the beauty and pain of the human experience. Stories can help us heal.
Detection – Early detection enables us to seek not only treatment, but also support. The sooner we know, the sooner we can begin to manage what is happening.
Support – As caregivers, providing support to our patient or loved one is integral to what we do. Caregivers need support as well. For many of us, it can be found in unexpected places.
Everybody has at least one. Some are innocent, some heavy and dark. But what if somebody you loved – like your partner or parent - asked you to keep their diagnosis a secret?