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Caregivers:
Care for
Yourself, Too

5

Get on
Google

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It can be really helpful to offer to spend time
doing research online. You might say to your
friend, "Do you want a support group? I can
dig around and present you with options."
Or maybe your friend's doctor proposed a
certain treatment, and you can gather some
information on it to help formulate questions for the next visit.
There are so many resources for cancer
patients-including free house cleaning
services-but someone needs to seek them out. 

Being a caregiver for
someone with a serious
illness can be emotionally
exhausting. It can result
in a range of feelings,
from loneliness, sadness
and fear to anger, worry
and guilt, notes Julie
Perry, a chaplain at the
UVA Emily Couric Clinical
Cancer Center.
Caregivers often
feel isolated, so it is
important to reach out
for support, especially
in times of social distancing. Because selfcare is essential for the
caregiver, Perry offers
this advice:
Find chunks of "offduty" time each day to
do things that make you
feel happier and more
relaxed, even if it's just
for a few minutes.
Look for ways to connect virtually with friends
or counselors.
See the positives
in your situation, and
practice gratitude.
Laugh often!
Take care of your
body, with adequate
rest, exercise and
nourishment-both
physical and spiritual.
Try to find time each
day for quiet reflection,
being outdoors, praying
or meditating.

Jennifer Garam is in
remission after ovarian
cancer and offers advice
for people who love
someone with cancer.

6

Remember
Little Things

It was nice when friends
would offer something that
was particularly helpful to
me. They know I love getting
my morning coffee, and I
often go to Starbucks. So
when I started treatment,
my friend said, "I go to
Starbucks every day for my
coffee, so if you don't feel
up to going out, just text me
by a certain time and I will
bring it to you." That small
kindness helped me start my
day feeling a little better. *

Resources
for the
Caregiver

To care for your loved one well,
you must care for yourself,
says Julie Perry, a chaplain
at UVA Emily Couric Clinical
Cancer Center. Perry is among
a team of support staff ready
to help-at a safe distance. Go
to uvahealth.com/caregivers.

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