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