Some (Not So) Obvious Caregiving Tips from a Husband’s Perspective
by Keith T. Hardeman
There are few things more frightening than a cancer diagnosis for your spouse. This was our new life change a couple of years ago when my wife, Shelley, received her breast cancer diagnosis. As her caregiver, I learned how the dreadful cocktail of emotional distress, professional obligations, and new caregiving responsibilities made for an overwhelming combination. In addition, the duties of cooking, cleaning, dishes, and laundry that we previously shared fell exclusively on my shoulders during intense portions of her chemotherapy. It often meant staying up until midnight and rising at 4 a.m. to keep up. But there was no other choice, as my wife was fiercely coping with a life-threatening situation and a marathon of harrowing treatment.
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