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Sandy, you are the sweetest! I know what you mean about the guilt, but know I’m hugging you as it’s not easy for the family. TBH, I think it’s almost worse for my husband at times–but I get it. I started a CaringBridge site to send out updates for us, b/c I couldn’t take all the texting/calling, etc. Then everyone gets everything at once and I can write as much as I need to. Sometimes, I tell you I just don’t feel like talking to everyone about it. Hang in there. I treat every day as a new day, if I have a rough one I just say to myself–well, today wasn’t the best but tomorrow will be better. It’s the best I can do sometimes. Lots of hugs to both of you, and there’s some great folks on here that can lend an ear when you need it. Thanks so much for sharing.
Melissa, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I understand why it is important to also take care of myself, but I feel a bit guilty in that department right now! My main focus is my husband & his care/concerns! I have found that by limiting the amount of information I share with family & friends, the better off we are. I dont mean that we hold back info, I just mean we dont go into detail! I also created a group on my phone to be able to send only one text that goes to everyone instead of repeating myself, which is very time consuming, as he has a very large family! Any tips anyone has out there as we go through this process are welcomed!