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Articles by Dave Balch, founder of the Patient/Partner Project Announcements

Six Lís of Caring and Coping- Keep Friends and Family in the Loop

June 30, 2007
by Dave Balch, Founder of The Patient/Partner Project

As caregiver, one of the most difficult things for me was keeping everyone informed about my wifeís progress.  We would come home from a grueling day of medical appointments or tests to sometimes find as many as 14 messages on our answering machine from well-meaning people that truly cared, who wanted to know ďHow is she feeling?Ē or ďWhat did the doctor say?Ē or ďWhatís next?Ē

 

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Six Lís of Caring and Coping- Look Forward to Something

June 6, 2007
by Dave Balch, Founder of The Patient/Partner Project

During the darkest hours of my wifeís chemotherapy we received a postcard from a friend who was on vacation in Tahiti.  It depicted a string of bungalows stretching out across a beautiful blue-green lagoon, all framed by palm trees.  It was dreamy, to say the least, and couldnít have been any further from where we were at the moment we received it, both physically and emotionally.

 

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Six Lís of Caring and Coping- Live in the Moment

March 26, 2007
by Dave Balch, Founder of The Patient/Partner Project

Dealing with cancer is not just about cancer; itís about life with cancer.  Itís about all of the stresses, joys, and responsibilities you already had in your life in addition to the new stresses and responsibilities that come with serious illness.  Itís easy to get bogged down.

 

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Six Lís of Caring and Coping -

January 28, 2007
by Dave Balch, Founder of The Patient/Partner Project

            One of the most important things you can do to cope with the stress of serious illness is to laugh.  Iím not saying that cancer is funny; it isnít.  You can, however, find plenty of humor in some of the situations that you find yourself in because of the cancer.  Focus your attention there, find something to laugh about, and laugh your head off.  Here are some examples from our experience.
 

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Six Lís of Caring and Coping

January 6, 2007
by Dave Balch, Founder of The Patient/Partner Project

            When the breast cancer diagnosis first came down, we both went into shock.  The first thing we were sure of was that we werenít sure of anything, and that we had no idea what was coming.  How serious was it?  Will she have to go through chemotherapy?  Will she lose her breast?  How long will all of this take?  Whatís next?  Is she going to die?  In retrospect, the ďnot knowingĒ was the most frightening thing of all, so my advice as a caregiver is to take charge and learn as much as you can about your situation; and do it immediately.
 

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