Sometimes caregivers may feel like their needs become second to the patient. Feelings of resentment, anger and depression are normal. To avoid letting these feelings affect your relationship and your well being, it is important that you spend time focusing on your own needs and emotions. This page provides resources that validate the needs of caregivers and address quality of life issues.

Taking Care of Yourself
Family Caregiver Alliance
Learn why caregivers should continue to participate in activities that they enjoy.

The Emotional Side of Caregivingnci-vol-7479-300
Family Caregiver Alliance
A road map for navigating some of the common feelings caregivers have and tips on how to deal with them.

The Caregiver’s Quality of Life
National Cancer Institute
Explore how caregiving affects you socially, physically, psychologically, financially, and spiritually.

 

Caregiver Peer Support
Cancer Hope Network
Call the Cancer Hope Network to get connected to a Caregiver Support Volunteer for support. CHN volunteers are people who have been a patient caregivers in the past and who understand the challenges of caregiving because they have experienced it themselves. 877-467-3638

4th Angel Caregiver Mentor Program
Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative
Call the 4th Angel Caregiver Mentor Program to get one-on-one mentoring support. Caregivers are matched with a mentor with respect to diagnosis, age, and gender. 866-520-3197

Imerman’s Angels
A free, unique, one-on-one mentoring program to help caregivers and people with cancer. The organization matches people based on age, gender, and the type of cancer they are facing.

Caregiver Depression: A Silent Health Crisis
Family Caregiver Alliance
Depression- which might include feeling angry, anxious, sad, alone, or tired- effects 1 in 5 caregivers.

A Coping Checklist
American Cancer Society
As a caregiver, who’s taking care of you? Check out these lists to identify strengths and weaknesses.

Cancer Transitions: When Treatment Ends
CCSP, N.C. Cancer Hospital
Cancer Transitions is a FREE 2.5 hour, 4-week workshop to help cancer survivors and their caregivers make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Expert panelists include physicians, nutritionists, nurses, and fitness experts will discuss topics such as: Get Back to Wellness, Healthy Eating Post-treatment, Medical Care and Surveillance, Physical Activity and Emotional Health and Wellbeing.

Caregiver Stress and Burn Out: Tips for Recharging and Finding Balance
Helpguide.org
Provides information for what you need to know, tips, and types of help available to you. When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else. That’s why making time to rest, relax, and recharge isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity.

 

Being a Caregiver: My Needs
American Cancer Society
More broadly addresses how challenging it can be to meet your needs as a caregiver while also caring for a loved one with cancer. One of the most helpful sections explains how to find local support groups through the Cancer Survivors Network.

 

For more information on well-known groups that may provide emotional support to caregivers, check out the links below:

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