Caregivers

These stories are written by caregivers and loved ones of those dealing with cancer. Cancer hits the entire family hard, especially the caregiver. Find inspiration and a community of caregivers sharing their stories to help lift each other up.

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Finding Grace Through Grief 

by Aerial Donovan May 19, 2022

The first time I remember experiencing grief we were visiting my grandfather in hospice. I was ten, he had prostate cancer, and we were there to say goodbye. It was shocking to see how much he had changed.

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A Horrible Nightmare

by Kate Snedeker April 14, 2022

May 24th started like any other regular Sunday morning. I had just returned from a trip and was catching up with my dad, stepmom, and younger sister, telling stories while drinking a cup of coffee. Our light and giggly conversations about the weather and our dinner plans for that night quickly took a turn as I heard the words, “There is something we have to tell you.”

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My Place in the Family of Things

by Elisa Graydon March 7, 2022

My Place in the Family of Things: How Nature Helps Me Cope as a Caregiver. “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” – Mary Oliver 

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Don’t Be a Hero (You Already Are)

by Laura Lang-Ree January 21, 2022

Your child was just diagnosed with cancer, and my heart goes out to you. Diagnosis day is a day forever imprinted in your soul — “D-Day” in our house: January 6th, 1999. I’ll never forget that wash of shock, fear, and utter paralysis when our daughter’s oncologist called us at home with the news: Cecilia had leukemia.

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Learning to Love Through Loss

by Tara and Ryan O’Donoghue December 8, 2021

After a decade of chasing our dream, we were finally living it. We had amazing friends and family, built three businesses and fostered an abundant community surrounding coffee and bikes. That’s when it all fell apart.

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Is it up or down from here?

by Kayla VanBuskirk October 12, 2021

Is it up or down from here? Think of a physical rollercoaster for a moment. Now, I will be the first to admit – I am terrified of rollercoasters, and rollercoasters are a trigger for my anxiety, but for this article rollercoasters provide the best analogy. If someone invites me to the fair or amusement […]

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Untangling Survivorship Together

by Kelly McMahon September 30, 2021

At the end of May 2005, my boyfriend Andrew was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia (ALL). He was twenty-two years old. I was twenty-three. Of all the things we were supposed to worry about in our early twenties, cancer was not supposed to be one of them.

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Parenting an Adult with Cancer

by Carrie Giest July 23, 2021

Many things weren’t my decision. Many things he had to do on his own, like figure out social security, disability, food stamps, insurance. His dad helped some, but when it came down to it, Kyle was legally an adult.

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Dear Cancer, I Will Not Thank You, Ever

by Angie Giallourakis June 1, 2021

A Poem to cancer from the Steven G. Cancer Foundation and Elephants and Tea President.

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Construction

by Caitlyn Stewart May 3, 2021

You were thrust into my life like a wrecking ball through a building. As if our world needed disruption. You marched in taking charge, it didn’t matter that we didn’t know you. We complied with your requests, dropped plans when you announced your scheme.

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