Posts Tagged ‘caregiver’

Your New Job: Caregiver for Your Loved One

Posted on February 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment

“So here you are.  A caregiver.  This big, new job you just got – the one you never applied for, the one you never really wanted – is challenging, intense, and probably overwhelming.  But you can do a great deal to help your loved one get the best care possible.  And you are probably very… [Read More]

(Re)treating yourself

Posted on June 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment or providing care for someone with cancer can require that you re-fill yourself with energy as you need to along this journey. Periodically, as a caregiver, I need to get away on my own; to walk in nature, write, read, and quietly introspect.  I am aware, however, that… [Read More]

Mindful Walking – Part #1

Posted on May 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Although sitting still in meditation can be challenging for all of us some of the time, some people find sitting still to be intolerable most of the time. They want to move!  Walking meditation or mindful walking might just be the activity to satisfy the equanimous strivings of more energetic souls. What is it? There… [Read More]

“Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow” – Swedish Proverb As a Social Psychologist, I have always been interested in the working dynamics of groups. Humans, by their very nature, are social animals. Our interactivity and sharing help amplify our pleasures and divide our distress. During crisis and chronic stress, support… [Read More]


In the course of my research, I’ve asked men with a variety of cancers to consider what they learned from their experience and what advice they would give to other men recently diagnosed. Here are some of their responses*:    1.    What you are feeling is normal: “You are not alone” – Earl, 56 “Everything… [Read More]


Traveling with Cancer

Posted on August 1st, 2012 | 3 Comments

A cancer diagnosis appears to alter your life and your thinking. A stop sign immediately appears. Fear creeps into your soul. Suddenly you’re embarking on a new journey, a journey through cancer. Certainly not a venture you planned and not one that will satisfy your travel desires. Many questions arise. First and foremost, can I… [Read More]

As we know Compassionate Care Benefits are available for a maximum of 6 weeks for someone to leave work so they can care for a gravely ill family member. Sickness Benefits are for someone who is temporarily unable to work, up to a maximum of 15 weeks. Can a person access both Compassionate Care and Sickness… [Read More]


Impact of Cancer on Sexuality

Posted on November 25th, 2011 | 5 Comments

Last week we kicked off our cancer and sexuality series exploring the connection between sexuality and cancer.  Today, we’ll look closer at the impact cancer has on sexuality. The breasts, prostate, uterus and cervix, testicles and penis are the sexual organs most often thought of as being affected by cancer – or more accurately, its… [Read More]


Cancer care has changed in recent years as more people living with cancer are cared for at home by a family caregiver instead of frequent and sometimes long hospitalizations. Caring for a loved one with cancer can be both a challenging and a rewarding experience. Caregiving while maintaining daily commitments to the other family members… [Read More]