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Ovarian Cancer: Helping Caregivers
Communicate and Cope
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

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As the caregiver, you may find there are times when you will need to take a break from the everyday stresses. While you are not the one undergoing treatment, caregiving can take a serious toll. Some studies indicate that caregivers face stresses like:

  • Inability to control the situation their loved one faces

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Role confusion or sudden role changes (moving from spouse to caregiver or adult child to caregiver of a parent)

  • Not managing expectations trying to do too much too quickly

If caregivers do not manage their own personal feelings and emotions with relation to their already pressure-packed situation, they can set themselves and their loved ones up for even more demanding situations. Burn-out in caregivers is common, unfortunately. It manifests itself in many ways, including:

  • Illness for the caregiver

  • Apathy about their role as caregiver

  • Depression

  • Social withdrawal

  • Irritability or increased anxiety

There are simple activities that can go a long way in improving caregiver attitudes and relieving stressful situations. Some of these include:

  • Setting realistic limits

  • Taking a walk

  • Keeping a journal of feelings and emotions

  • Joining a caregiver support group

  • Talking to friends


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