How to Deal with Caregiver Resentment

When your spouse has a serious illness like cancer it seems like life starts to revolve around them. Conversations become about treatment and doctors’ appointments, new research, and trials. Daily life is centered around how they are feeling that day and what they need help with. The future becomes about them too. It becomes limitedContinue reading “How to Deal with Caregiver Resentment”

“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”

Coaching Versus Therapy: How to Know What’s Right For You as a Caregiver

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering, “Do I need therapy or a life coach?” Your partner has cancer, and you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, lonely, and stuck. You realize you need to get some support for yourself, but where do you turn? Should you find a therapist or life coach? What’s the difference between coaching andContinue reading “Coaching Versus Therapy: How to Know What’s Right For You as a Caregiver”

4 Tips for Relieving Cancer Caregiver Stress When Caregiving Becomes Too Much

“It’s too much. I can’t do this anymore.”  If those thoughts are swirling around your head lately, it’s time to pay attention. You may be tempted to push them aside or ignore them, but don’t! While you may even feel guilty for thinking this way (you’re not the one with cancer, after all),  I wantContinue reading “4 Tips for Relieving Cancer Caregiver Stress When Caregiving Becomes Too Much”

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””

How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout When Caring for Your Spouse with Cancer

Burnout. We hear the term all the time, but what does it mean exactly? Burnout is “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” If any part of that definition strikes home, you may be close to or already experiencing caregiver burnout.  My husband battled cancer for 5 years.Continue reading “How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout When Caring for Your Spouse with Cancer”

6 Ways to Build Your Caregiver Support System When Your Partner has Cancer

The first year my husband was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his arm, we both just wanted to get through it and move on. I was fortunate to have a supportive workplace and family and friends who all helped, but we tried not to rely on them. However, when his cancer recurred a fewContinue reading “6 Ways to Build Your Caregiver Support System When Your Partner has Cancer”

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