As a partner shares the journey with their loved one who has cancer, it can take a mental, physical, and emotional toll on them as well. The spouse or partner may experience the same fears and anxieties as the cancer survivor. The spouse/partner may also now be considered the caregiver.
Caregiving can mean helping with day-to-day activities such as doctor visits or preparing food. But it can also happen long-distance when you are coordinating care and services by phone or email. Caregiving can also mean giving emotional and spiritual support. You may be helping your loved one cope and work through the many feelings that come up at this time. Talking, listening, and just being there are some of the most important things you can do. During this time, the natural response of most caregivers is to put their own feelings and needs aside. They try to focus on the person with cancer and the many tasks of caregiving. This may be fine for a little while. But it can be hard to keep up for a long time. And it’s not good for your health. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others. It’s important for everyone that you take care of you. (National Cancer Institute (NCI))
The Lynn Lewis Foundation allows the caring spouse to recharge by giving them relief and support. The Foundation serves as a “caregiver to the caregiver” by providing partners/spouses with much-needed emotional, mental, and physical support.