Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
The idea that caregivers need attention is nothing new. What's news is the launch of a formal training program for caregivers. The driving goal is not to develop caregivers' caregiving skills, but to help caregivers tend to their own welfare.
One Last Sale, a short story by critical-care nurse Judith Reishtein and published last year in Pulse: Voices from the Heart offers insights about patients' willpower and loved-ones' gifts to patients at the end of life.
Here's a topic people often avoid until forced to face it: How to Choose a Hospice. But, like learning the evacuation procedures on your flight, you don't want to begin learning about hospice when in the midst of a loved one's (or your own) health crisis.
Last month I was invited by Adele O'Reilly to offer some tips on survivorship for Freshbenies, a website devoted to helping patients navigate the medical system. Below are excerpts from her full post, titled, 5 Tips for Healthy Survivorship"