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 doesn’t play
favorites, and it’s sort of the great equalizer. Anyone fighting
cancer, or anyone living with or loving someone fighting cancer—it’s
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 didn’t 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 dad’s chemo was stopped when
his count was down and he’d gotten an infection. Luckily, it wasn’t
as bad for him as it is for others. Some people have to go into the
hospital. Some people have to be isolated from their families, and,
unfortunately, some do die from it. So I wanted that word to get out
because today, with new medicines, you can protect yourself right out
the door for the most part
Caregivers Challenge: Finding Daycare Options
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
Caregivers who are just beginning their
journey may feel day care services are for later stages of
their loved one’s situation. The sooner caregivers locate and
enroll their family member in a program, the greater the
benefit for all concerned. Finding the appropriate day care
can be challenging, but has grown much easier over time
We All Need Someone
Can Lean On
By Alexander Cathcart
Try a little experiment. Tie your
hands to your sides and have someone feed you your dinner.
Then, after they inevitably miss your gaping gob, check
out what happens when they try, with the best of intentions,
to wipe your mouth. There’s just no way it can be done
without missing something or smearing some drool across
the cheek. Now try all that without being able to speak.
These are among the least intimate of my dependencies