Before a plane takes off, flight attendants advise you to secure your oxygen mask first before helping others. That’s good advice. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may not be able to help those who need your help. See, when you take care of yourself, everyone benefits. The same philosophy applies to cancer caregivers.
As caregivers it’s important to maintain activities and relationships that are meaningful. Treat yourself: Take a bath. Get a massage. Listen to your favorite music. Read an uplifting or inspirational book. Enjoy the fall leaves on a walk. Take time to maintain your friendships. Caring for another does not mean giving up your own needs and desires.
Being a caregiver can be a tough job, so get support. Joining a support group like Caregiver’s Connection provides support, understanding and helpful information for caregivers. Caregiver’s Connection meets every Thursday at
It’s also important to pamper yourself every now and again. After all, you deserve it! Join us for our 2nd Annual Caregiver’s Retreat on November 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p. m. Caregivers of cancer patients will be served lunch, hear a presentation by Josephine Hicks, author of “If There’s ANYTHING I Can Do: What You Can Do When Serious Illness Strikes,” enjoy chair massages and demonstrations for yoga, tai chi and chi gong. Please let us know you’re coming! RSVP is requested by November 8 at 704-384-5223.