7 Tips to Help Caregivers Get Through the Holidays

7 Tips to Help Caregivers Get Through the Holidays

As the holidays approach, many things go through a caregiver’s mind.  How are we going to do this?  Should I try to do a big holiday celebration for my loved one?  Am I up to handling it?  Can my loved one deal with it?  Will the stress of the holidays be too much, or will it be a source of joy for both of us to continue old traditions and get together with others?

Even though they are enjoyable, holidays during a normal year can be somewhat stressful.  When dealing with a caregiving situation, the holidays may require some adjustments.  Here are some things to consider when planning your holidays this year:

1.    Find out what your loved one wants this holiday season.  Just ask.  Does he or she want to experience Christmas exactly as you have celebrated it in the past?  If your loved one is in fair condition and able to eat and enjoy the holidays, try to respect their wishes.  If your loved one is feeling quite ill or in a lot of pain, he or she may not wish to do a formal Christmas celebration.  On the other hand, enjoying something, anything, that presents as a normal  holiday could be a positive experience for many.   Read More→

Caregiver Tips Every Day During November for National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month.  It’s a time to remember, appreciate and lend a helping hand or listening ear to the caregivers you know. 

Caregiving is a tough job.  No one can truly understand what a caregiver goes through if they haven’t experienced it.  Caregiving is lonely and takes a heavy toll on the caregiver’s physical and emotional well-being. 

We are sharing a tip every day during National Family Caregiver’s Month.  We have tips to help caregivers with their own self-care, as well as tips to help caregivers care for their loved one.  The daily tips are being posted to Twitter @SusanBrownell. The tips can also be found daily on Facebook by searching for the page called “Sanctuary For Cancer Caregivers”.  We hope these tips help you or someone you know who is a caregiver.  Read More→

Enter My Amazon Book Giveaway Contest!

Don’t you just love contests?  I mean, really, isn’t it fun to try to win something?  We all love to get something free…especially if it is something we really want! Read More→

International Day of Peace

You can’t turn on television without seeing it and hearing it.  You can’t be on Social Media without massive exposure. It appears the amount of anger, hate, discontent and violence in the world is escalating and we are being bombarded with it. Once in a while a story surfaces of a hero or a good deed done by a stranger.  Those stories are a breath of fresh air in an otherwise trying era for our country and our world.  Everyone has an opinion.  We sometimes forget we may not have access to all the information.  Sometimes we jump to conclusions and think the worst of people without knowing the entire story.  It’s easy to do that in the age we live in. Read More→

The Story Behind “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers”

You’ve heard about the book, but have you heard the story behind the book?  Over twenty years ago a series of events was set in motion to forever change my life.  It caused me to reassess how I lived my life and my priorities.  Some things in life tug at your heart and produce a drive to do something to “help make it better”.  What that was and how I responded to that call to take action was often interrupted by life events.  Just the same, the burning desire to write this book kept gnawing at me.  If you’d like to know the story behind the story, you might like this recent article published in The Monroe County Herald, Sparta, Wisconsin.  It tells why I wrote the book, what got in the way of writing it, and why I chose the title I used.  You can read the newspaper article here:  “Tragic losses to cancer inspires Sparta author to pen award-winning book.”

“Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers” Will Be at SACS Fundraiser

Sparta, Wisconsin Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times will be available as part of the fundraiser for Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS).  SACS provides support to local cancer patients and their families while also helping fund cancer research at the areas two largest hospitals:  Gunderson-Lutheran and Mayo Healthcare Systems, both in La Crosse, Wisconsin.   At a time when families Read More→

Best Deal Ever on “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers”

What a deal!  Ahh…the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!  Time to kick back and relax at every opportunity.  This is great if you can do it, but Read More→

Cancer Survivor Day: A Good Reason to Celebrate

The first Sunday in June is Cancer Survivor Day. If you ever needed a reason to celebrate, this would be it! Surviving cancer has a significant impact on an individual. Imagine the impact it also has on that individual’s caregiver, loved ones, and friends.  Read More→

“Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers” Wins National Indie Excellence Award

We are thrilled to announce that Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times is the recipient of the National Indie Excellence (NIEA) Award in the Caregiving Category for 2016.   Read More→

Caregiver Book Sales Support Local Cancer Support Group

Often I get asked, “Just what is it that you do, anyway?”  I recently had the opportunity to answer that question for the SACS Board Members.  I was able to share with them my goal of helping to encourage and inspire cancer caregivers by sharing many ways to help them cope with the difficult task of being a cancer caregiver while offering tips to encourage their loved one, as well. SACS is the Sparta Area Cancer Support Group.  Read More→