Nov 18, 2012 - 8:34 am
Our caregivers have it hard, at times I think much harder than we do. Sure, we deal with our disease and all of the ‘wonderful’ impacts from treatments, but I honestly think that they have it worse.
They take such good care of us, and they have the additional burden of worrying about our and their futures. My wife was spectacular in my care, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for me, but I could see the stress on her face, I could see the worry, the anxiety and the frustration.
Our caregivers want us to get well and will do anything they can to make that so, but they also know that they’re limited and they suffer in silence, as they don’t want to burden us with their worries. They feel that we have enough on our plates; they don’t want to add to it.
I say that we as patients should encourage them to share their worries, we have them to lean on, but who do they have? How about giving them us? How about letting them know that despite our illnesses that we’re still here for them. We love them, we care and we don’t want them burning themselves out with worry over us. If any of you are/were like me, you feel guilty for bringing such trial into their lives. I know that I didn’t get cancer on purpose, but it didn’t make me feel any less guilty for all the trouble she suffered because of my illness.
I was finished with rads for about two weeks before I finally got her to talk to me about her worries, and since she opened up, she’s been able to handle things easier.
I shared with everyone my NED a few weeks ago and she was so happy about it, but her joy really popped this past Friday when the final piece of my puzzle was resolved.
For once I got to hold her while she cried, but this time it was happy tears.
Hug your caregiver today, tell them that they’re important to you, and tell them that you’re here for them, just as they are for you. MAKE THEM tell you what is on their mind. You’d be amazed at how much better they – and you - will feel.