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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday June 11, 2013 - Issue #140

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Rob Lowe

Gary Barg: You are working to inform people about the negative side effects of chemotherapy. With your Dad, the side effects threw your family for a loop. Nobody told you about it beforehand?

Rob Lowe: Cancer doesnít play favorites, and itís sort of the great equalizer. Anyone fighting cancer, or anyone living with or loving someone fighting canceróitís just the same for me as anybody else. We all want new information, we all want strength and hope. We were aware of hair loss, nausea, bloating, and all those things you usually associate with chemo, but we didnít know that infection is a very common side effect, and potentially a life-threatening one. Knowing would have made a big difference to us going in, because my dadís chemo was stopped when his count was down and heíd gotten an infection. Luckily, it wasnít as bad for him as it is for others...read more

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Caregiving by Men: A Husband's Perspective
By: Seth B. Goldsmith, Sc.D,. J.D.

The formal diagnosis of ovarian cancer was confirmed after seven hours of surgery at Bostonís Brigham and Womenís Hospital. Prior to receiving that devastating news, we were in the land of possibilities, probabilities and suspiciousness in large measure due...read more

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Guest Column

5 Things You Need to Know
When Your Loved One is in ICU
By Susan Montminy, MSN, RN and Meredith Dodge, MSN, RN

It is the middle of the night and the phone rings. Your family member has been in a car accident and is rushed to the hospital. He is currently in the intensive care unit (ICU)...read more


Heat Stress in the Elderly

Elderly people (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons...read more

Ties That Bind Ad



At 48, I gave up my career and life as I knew it in Florida to move back with my parents after they lost everything during Hurricane Sandy. I rebuilt their home and got them moved back in. The plan was that once I reestablished my career in New York, I would get my own place close to them. Two months ago, my mom became very ill and passed away six weeks ago. I decided, along with my dad, who is 81, that I would remain in the home to assist him while still pursuing my career. He has since become very bitter. He becomes angry when I go out and would prefer for me to sit here and watch TV with him 24/7 as he did with my mom. I am a person constantly on the go. I need to find him companionship or things to do during the day/evening. I have offered for him to come with me, but he refuses. I am looking for advice on activities in Brooklyn. Thank you.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Rob Lowe

Feature Article
Caregiving by Men...

Guest Column
5 Things You Need
to Know...

Heat Stress in the Elderly


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Educate yourself & other caregivers on any medication given to a loved one. The internet is wonderful to help you...continued