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.
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.”
I continued in my role as ‘Personal Trainer’ throughout her first diagnosis, her almost five years of being clear and then through her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in her liver and bones.
My mother, Joyce Ann Heiliger Warner, went to Heaven on May 18, 2007. At her casket I made a promise. “Mom, I won’t let what I learned with and from you end here. I will continue to be someone’s ‘PT’.
Pinkribboncaregiver.com not only has its two-fold purpose as stated above; it has a mission. In fact, it is a very big mission. Pink Ribbon Caregiver is on a mission to create a network of ‘Pink Ribbon PT’s all over the world.
This network of ‘Pink Ribbon PT’s will first of all be a tremendous asset to caregivers. It will support them in myriads of ways needed to make them the best ‘Pink Ribbon PT’s’ they can be.
Secondly, it will benefit the breast cancer patient. When the patient is surrounded by ‘Pink Ribbon PTs’ encouraging them to be proactive against this dreaded disease, the patient plays a huge role in their own healing.
Ultimately, healing and eradicating breast cancer is the goal. But until that goal has been met, until the cure has been found, the world needs a network of ‘Pink Ribbon PT’s.