A conversation with the Angel Foundation and an adult who's been in my kids' shoes.
People say thing like, ‘kids are resilient,’ ‘they’ll bounce back,’ and so many platitudes.
The truth is, I’ve had a hard time getting over some of the stuff I’ve seen with my wife’s cancer, so how can I expect our kids to just take it and get up off the mat?
I didn’t know, so decided to reach out.
I turned to Emily Rezac, Program Manager of the ‘Facing Cancer Together’ program at the Angel Foundation, for answers. This program offers kid-friendly activities and Camp Angel, a summer camp, to help kids who are dealing with a parent with cancer. Events are designed to teach healthy communication and coping skills for kids.
I contacted Emily to learn more about the program.
“One is the loneliest number . . .” begins a popular 1960’s song by Three Dog Night.
But 2 can be the loneliest number when your partner has cancer.
Treatments left Cindy* and her husband stranded at home and away from family and friends in order to keep germs and illness at bay.
A collaboration with our friends at The Firefly Sisterhood. We're starting with the perspective of Caregivers who are caring for their partner. In future posts we'll begin exploring other perspectives.
Everyday life does not prepare anyone for a cancer diagnosis.
Where would you learn this?
In this 2 part blog series, we hope you’ll find comfort in reading the words of real caregivers sharing their very real experiences while caring for their partner. We’ll share their encouragement and local and national resources if you or someone you love is a caregiver.
Jean Accius, PHD, PMP
Dr. Accius is a senior executive and nationally recognized thought leader on aging, health and long-term care policy.
Meet Heather Erickson, our Caregiver Klatch Champion
Heather Erickson plays a lot of roles, a primary cancer caregiver, a Mom, a wife, a teacher, an author, a blogger. The list goes on. And most recently she's assumed the role of our Caregiver Klatch Champion!
So Heather, what's one super interesting thing about you, and where's home?
Just one? I did recently take 1st place in a duck decoy carving competition. It was my first duck, too. Home for me is anywhere my family is. We live in Blaine, Minnesota.
So if cancer caregiving is a journey, where would you say you are on yours?