Beside every person with acute myeloid leukemia stands a supportive caregiver.
We talk often about tools and strategies for individuals with myeloma to deal with treatment, side effects and life changes. We then often share tools for caregivers to care for their loved one with AML. What about care for the caregiver?? They too need tools and strategies for dealing with the life changes that directly and deeply impact them.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. We’d like to take a moment to thank, honor, and share tools with all of you caring for a loved one with AML. Caregiving is filled with ups, downs, twists, turns and can quickly become exhausting. In order to fulfill your responsibilities as a caregiver, it is imperative that you first take care of yourself. Here are a few ideas to help you find the balance of caring for the one you love and also caring for yourself.
Taking time to care for yourself is not selfish, it is simply caring for yourself, which is essential for everyone.
We honor and applaud all caregivers who stand beside those they love through AML. Our goal at the HealthTree foundation is to provide support and resources for all impacted by AML- both patient and caregiver. The HealthTree for AML Events program also offers an AML Caregivers chapter where caregivers can find support, education, and resources to help you take the best care of yourself as well as your loved one. All AML caregivers are invited to participate- join today! We will be holding our very first meeting in February 2022.
Caregiver support is of high value to us. If there are topics you as a caregiver would like more information on or support with, we would love to hear from you. Please send any suggestions, comments or feedback to email@example.com.
about the author
Rozalynn is the HealthTree Coach Director and wife of blood cancer patient Richard Hite. Rozalynn is an occupational therapist and mother of three beautiful children.