When my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer and after the initial shock wore off, I raced into action. Leaving my mother’s care solely in the hands of her doctors and nurses was totally unacceptable. Being reactive to their treatment and care was important, but equally important was to be proactive against this dreaded disease. After investigating, searching the internet and several trips to bookstores to buy books on the subject, I began to share with my mother everything I was learning. Regularly I would have advice for her on something she could do to combat the disease.
One day while visiting her she asked, “What do you have for me today, PT?”
I responded by asking, “What do you mean by ‘PT’?”
“You’re my Personal Trainer”, she said. “You tell me what to do and help me do it.”
The purpose of pinkribboncaregiver.com is two-fold.
1. To empower, encourage and support the caregiver.
2. To help the caregiver empower, encourage and support the breast cancer patient.
Knowledge is power. We strive to empower the caregiver by providing information on how to care for themselves as well as the breast cancer survivor.
We encourage by giving words of encouragement and by sharing uplifting experiences of our own and of others.
And we support the caregiver by providing them with a place to share their needs, concerns and triumphs.
This blog has been created to empower, encourage and support the caregivers of breast cancer patients. After we have been empowered, encouraged and supported, we then can do the same for our breast cancer patients. We cannot give what we do not have.
Cancer invaded our lives like a mighty rushing wind. I say ‘our lives’ because cancer does not affect the patient alone. It affects the lives of all those connected with the patient. Because of what my mother endured and what I learned as one of her caregivers, I want to help others. I want cancer to be eradicated, but until it has been, caregivers need support. I want to share what I learned and have you contribute your experiences and triumphs with all of us.