It was summer, and we had recently found out my husband’s cancer had returned. We were back in the routine of constant doctor appointments, treatment decisions, and feeling fear and anxiety about what the future held. I was working full-time as I always had been, but the sleepless nights were beginning to wear on me.Continue reading “A Guide to Self-Care for the Caregiver When Your Partner Has a Serious Illness”
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The Power of Gratitude When Your Spouse Has Cancer
Feeling grateful when your spouse has cancer sounds like an oxymoron. But once you truly understand the power of gratitude, it doesn’t feel so contradictory. Instead, it begins to feel like the one thing that will keep you strong, resilient, and hopeful on this journey. Feeling Sorry For Yourself When Your Spouse Has Cancer ForContinue reading “The Power of Gratitude When Your Spouse Has Cancer”
“My Husband Has Cancer. I’m Scared.” How to Deal with Fear as a Spousal Caregiver
Whether you are new to caregiving or have been a spousal caregiver for a while, experiencing fear when your spouse has cancer is a normal part of the journey. Cancer and everything that go along with it can feel very frightening. The good news is that the more you understand your fear, what causes it,Continue reading ““My Husband Has Cancer. I’m Scared.” How to Deal with Fear as a Spousal Caregiver”
Getting To Know Your Anxiety When Your Partner Has Cancer
Do you experience health anxiety about cancer for your spouse? Do you have caregiver anxiety when it comes to managing your many responsibilities–none of which you were prepared for? Do you want to know how to relieve stress and anxiety quickly? You’re not alone, my friend. I’ve dealt with anxiety for most of my life.Continue reading “Getting To Know Your Anxiety When Your Partner Has Cancer”
Tips for Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Spouse with Cancer
When your partner is battling cancer, it impacts both of you, but in very different ways. You may notice changes in your partner’s behavior and emotional state as they cope with the disease and treatment. They may act in ways that are difficult to understand. And as their partner and caregiver, this can be confusingContinue reading “Tips for Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Spouse with Cancer”
“My Spouse Has Cancer and is Pushing Me Away”
“My spouse has cancer and is pushing me away.” This comes up frequently during coaching. Being pushed away by someone with cancer is a common occurrence, and you might feel like your spouse has become withdrawn when they are coping with a cancer diagnosis. Each person’s experience will be a little different. As my husband’sContinue reading ““My Spouse Has Cancer and is Pushing Me Away””
Getting Off A Negative Train of Thought
Our brains can be like a busy train station and sometimes we find ourselves riding trains of thought that keeps us feeling worried and fearful. Learn how to get off that train, especially if you are a caregiver!
How To Show Up As Your Best Self When You Have A Partner With Cancer
Sometimes our stress can keep us from showing up the way we want to for our partner battling cancer. Instead of just ignoring our stress, we have to bring it into the light before we let it go. Then we can show up as our best self.
An Important Part Of Caregiving That Is Often Overlooked And How To Prioritize It
It’s often difficult to take care of our own health when our partner has cancer. However, self-care is critical for caregivers and this post shows you how to prioritize it.
The 4 Habits You Need When Your Partner Has Cancer
When are partner gets cancer and we become an unexpected caregiver, a lot of our old habits don’t serve us any longer. We need new skills, new habits to face this new challenge in our life. Learn the 4 key habits to build your resilience when your partner has cancer.