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Thriving as Caregiver: Tools for Coping when a Loved One Has Cancer

 
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He says that sometimes it takes work to nurture those ties, but it is well worth the effort to have someone you can turn to for advice, share good times with, and lean on when you’re in need.

For his caregiving tips, visit https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-living/caring-coping/ and read his articles on EmpowHER http://www.empowher.com/users/dave-balch/

Lynette Summerill is an award-winning writer and Scuba enthusiast who lives in San Diego with her husband and two beach loving dogs. In addition to writing about cancer-related issues for EmpowHER, her work has been seen in publications internationally.

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Caring for the Caregiver. NCI
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/caring-for-the-caregiver/page1

Family Caregivers in Cancer: Roles and Challenges. NCI.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/caregivers/healthprofessional/page1/AllPages/Print

What it takes to be a caregiver. American Cancer Society.
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/caregivers/copingasacaregiver/howtocareforalovedonewithcancer/caregiving-how-to-care-for-a-loved-one-with-cancer-toc

Treatments and Side Effects. American Cancer Society.
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Caregiver Community. Caring for yourself, Stay Healthy. Humana.
https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/family-and-relationships/caregiver/caring-for-yourself

The 11 Ls of Caring and Coping. Dave Balch. Humana. 14 December 2011.
https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-living/caring-coping

Reviewed September 27, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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