Tips for Young Adults in Caring for a Parent with Cancer
Young adulthood is an exciting time of establishing independence, starting a career and finding romance. Becoming a caregiver for a parent with cancer is a major responsibility that may curtail some of these activities, but it can also strengthen your familial bond.
Here are some tips for finding balance between your caregiver role and your personal life.
• Set aside time when you can sit down and talk to your parent without being rushed or interrupted. Discuss their medical wishes, including possible alternative cancer treatments. Establish plans for financial management, care visits and any other pertinent issues.
• After the discussion, use the information to create a master task list. Enlist the support of siblings, family members and close friends to help out where needed.
• Schedule a meeting with your parent's health care team to get the facts about your parent's illness. He or she should be present as well to approve release of protected medical information.
• Make sure your contact information is kept in your parent's file. You should also keep a list of doctors, pharmacists and anyone else involved in your parent's treatment.
• Don't feel obligated to give up your personal life. Spending time with friends and participating in your favorite activities reduces your stress level, allowing you to be a better caregiver.
• Join a support group to get encouragement and advice from others who are or have been in your shoes.
The non-toxic alternative cancer treatments at Issels® focus on harnessing the body's natural immune response to fight cancer. If you, your parent or another loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, contact us for more information.