is a collection of mental strategies to help us fight the biggest bully of our lives - cancer.
I hope this will help families who have received a diagnosis to realize that, although it may have turned your world upside down, you are not helpless.
There are many things you can do to fight back! Cancer does not define you unless you want it to.
My hope is that this book can help you and your family live as full a life as you can during this difficult time.
|- Andrew Terranova |
Fight Back! From page 30
Recognize that our caregivers have it worse than we do… My football teammate and roommate at Union College, Todd Carr, died of ALS when he was just 30 years old.
He was a great guy and my dearest friend from college. While the disease ran its course, I remember thinking that his wife, Rosalie, had it worse than Todd.
He was in the “driver’s seat” on this five-year journey. She was “along for the ride”.
Even if the car is headed for trouble, the driver has more control; the passenger is absolutely helpless.
At the end of a terminal illness the person who suffered from the disease is in a better place.
The caregiver is left to put the pieces of their life together.
Give your caregiver as much help as you can personally and seek out support groups, private therapy, etc.
Caregivers might think they are dealing with things well. How could they be? They need as much support as we can give them and then some.
...When someone's at the end of their rope, that's when they appreciate assistance most.