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Supporting a coworker with cancer

Supporting a coworker with cancer

It's never easy to know what to say to someone who has just told you they have cancer. We want to help. We don't want to hurt. And many say the wrong thing or scramble for the right words and end up saying nothing. 

In a recent article, Fast Company suggested a few things to remember when cancer hits your place of employment.
  1. If you're told by someone else, give the person space and privacy.
  2. Let them know you care through a card, a small gift, a few words of support, or an offer to help with specific things such as dinners or driving kids to sports.
  3. Whatever you do, don't tell a horror story about someone else's experience. It's not helpful.
Above all, think of how you would want to be approached during such a difficult time.

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

What to do when a coworker has cancer
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Nutrition during cancer
a row of colorful homemade jams and jellysDepending on the type of treatment a person receives during cancer therapy, there may be side effects - weight gain, weight loss, loss of appetite. 

But it's vital to try to eat well to give the body energy to fight the cancer and work through the side effects of the treatments. 

During treatment, vitamin or food supplements may be used for someone with no appetite. If you're finding yourself in this situation, your physician should be able to give some direction. 

While the immune system is low, it's also important to avoid food-borne illnesses.Ensure food is cooked well, and has not been contaminate, or stored improperly. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Nutrition Recommendations During and After Cancer


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Alex Trebek updates fans on his cancer
The Jeopardy game show logoAlex Trebek, must loved host of Jeopardy!, has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Earlier this month he spoke candidly about how he has been doing since he diagnosis a year ago. He also talks about how happy he is to have reached the one year survival marker, which only 18% of those who are diagnosed reach.

He doesn't sugar coat it, sharing that many days he struggles and has to remind himself to take it one day at a time. But he thanks all who have supported him for their love and encouragement. 

"If we take it just one day at a time with a positive attitude, anything is possible", he says of his chances of reaching the two year survival marker. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.   

Alex Trebek shares a very candid (and hopeful) update on his cancer diagnosis


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Skin cancer knowledge is power
sunscreen on a knee with a heart drawn in to the sunblockSkin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States. Rates are rising every year despite general knowledge of risk factors and precautions to take also rising. 

There is also still a misconception in the general public that only people with fair skin are at risk for skin cancer. But specialists point out that although their risk may be higher, skin cancer can occur in all skin tones and at all ages. 

As for the skin cancer screening apps that have recently come on the market, professionals suggest using them as an additional screening method, not a replacement for seeing a specialist in person. 

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.


The State of Skin Cancer in 2020



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How one conversation changed her outlook on cancer and life
a white glass ball with a silver scroll pattern"I never think of you as someone who had cancer" was said to Liza Bernstein after multiple cancer diagnoses. Later, during her third experience with cancer, in a haze of exhaustion and despair, she realized that it was impossible for cancer not to be a part of her identity. She asked herself, "Why should I cower in the denial of my experience because it inconveniences others?" From that moment, Liza decided to use her experiences and her identity for good, to help others. And she has continued to do just that since that moment in time. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

On Cancer and Identity



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A story of love during cancer
yellow flowers in a glass pitcher with grass in the backgroundWhen Mia Brister was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, she was only 24 years old. She was in a great place in life and couldn't believe when doctors in the emergency room told her they had found tumors in her scan. 

She was further devastated by the loss of her hair and the changes she was experiencing. Over the months, she learned to love and care for herself and cherish the good things in life instead of chasing those people and things she couldn't control or that didn't positively impact her. 

It's a story we should all learn from. Mia tells us all, "Loving yourself is the best thing you could ever do, just remember to be gentle, you are doing the best you can."

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.   

First Love Yourself: Picking Up the Pieces


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Creating your own memorial
looking through a heart shaped hole in a hedgeTraditionally, it's been left to the family of a person who has died to write an obituary and create any memorial videos or mementos. But a new trend has emerged that has those who are ill creating their own videos, speeches and obituaries to be used. 

Not only does it save the family a task during an overwhelming time of sadness and loss, but it allows the person who will be departing to leave some last words or memories for those they love. 

People who have done it say it's a hard process to undertake, but that it means a lot both to the person creating the memorial and those who receive it after the creator is gone. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Creating Your Own Obituary or Memorial Video



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Caregivers can experience Compassion Fatigue
a man sits at a table looking out a window, leaning on his hand"Compassion Fatigue is a term used to describe a state that is experienced by all types of caregivers, after giving to the point of exhaustion and debilitation." 

Compassion fatigue is a term that is finally being discussed in the caregiving community. It impacts both family caregivers and professional caregivers. Though we all want to be there for those we love who are going through cancer therapy, it's important to also take care of ourselves in order to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue. 

Symptoms of Compassion fatigue may be exhaustion, anger or irritability, negative coping behaviors, a reduced ability to empathize or sympathize and a diminished ability to derive enjoyment from activities that normally felt enjoyable. 

If you're feeling like this as a caregiver, please talk to your physician and get some support. 

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Compassion Fatigue


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Quick ways to care for yourself as a caregiver
Caregiving can be exhausting both mentally and physically. It can be hard to find time for a caregiver to take care of themselves, but even a few minutes can make a big difference on emotional well being. 

But what activities take a short amount of time but reap big rewards?
1. Mindfulness - this can include meditation on your own or with an app
2. Meaningful engagement - having a friend you can chat with for just a few minutes each day can ease the caregiving burden and feelings of isolation that sometimes occur for caregivers
3. Sense of mastery - having something you enjoy doing and feel successful with can be a game changer. Maybe it's a hobby, or a tiny bit of work. Anything you enjoy doing and feel successful when you complete it is a good option.
4. Movement - whether it's a few minutes of stretching or a walk around the neighborhood, moving your body helps your mind. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

4 Things Caregivers Can Do For Themselves in Under 15 Minutes



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An honest caregiving story
Lea Grover and her then fiance had been engaged for less than a day when he suffered a seizure that led to the diagnosis of glioblastoma. 

He became part of the 25% who survive a year with this type of brain cancer, then part of the 5% who survive more than 5 years. 12 years later, he has had to undergo multiple types of treatment, and multiple surgeries, each getting more difficult to cope with and harder to bounce back from. 

With three children and a career, Lea shares the struggles of being a caregiver for someone you love, while coping with your own emotions and those of your children. 

For anyone in a similar situation, know that you are not alone. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.   

First We Got Engaged, Then I Became My Husband's Caregiver



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Advice for working while undergoing cancer treatment
Many who have been diagnosed with cancer want to, or may even need to continue working during treatment. For many, this is a distinct possibility and can be made easier with some accommodations. 
  • conserve energy where possible including taking short breaks during the day
  • use reminder lists and alarms to help keep you on track for assignments and meetings
  • be open and honest with your employer and your family as to how you're doing with the work
  • fuel your body with good nutrition 
Most importantly, listen to your body. Take time when you need to to give your body time to heal. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Continuing to work while going through cancer treatment? These tips can help.
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Caregivers are strong
A beautiful piece by a caregiver reminding us that caregivers are already strong. They don't need to be told they need to 'be strong'. The inner strength it takes to care for a loved one going through cancer can't be measured in pounds or inches. 

The author encourages us instead to tell them they are so strong, and then to offer support in whichever way both we and the caregiver feel comfortable. It may be bringing them a coffee and baked good, dropping off dinner, watching their young children for a few hours or just sending a card. Whichever way you choose, please just don't tell a caregiver to 'be strong'. They are proving every day that they are. 

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Why You Shouldn't Tell a Caregiver to 'Be Strong'


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Why does night vision improve with photodynamic therapy
For years, the results of photodynamic therapy have stumped clinicians. In the cancer treatment, light is used to destroy malignant cells. But one of the side effects is strange: patients are often better able to see in the dark. 

Researchers have spent time building on the current knowledge of retinal to figure out why this 'night vision' occurs after photodynamic therapy and they finally have an answer. Though they don't suggest that the rest of us try to replicate the results, it's good to understand the process. 


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There's a Cancer Treatment That Gives People 'Night Vision', and We Finally Know Why



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Julie Walters shares bowel cancer diagnosis
18 months after a diagnosis of bowel cancer, Julie Walters shares her story. Known for her roles in Mama Mia and Harry Potter, the star had surgery and chemotherapy to treat stage 3 bowel cancer. She initially went to see her doctor with discomfort, but returned when it changed to pain. 

She didn't share her diagnosis until after she was given the all clear, and missed the Mama Mia premiere giving a different reason for her inability to attend. It's so important to reduce the stigma surrounding bowel cancer and celebrities like Julie Walters help to do just this. 

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Julie Walters reveals bowel cancer diagnosis



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Caregivers and clinical trials
Some clinical trials are now enrolling cancer caregivers to look at how best to alleviate the stress that caregivers face. With about 44 million family caregivers in the United States caring for a range of needs, it's vital that caregivers get the support they need. 

Though current studies are small in size, the topic is important. Those listed in this article are looking at telephone and in person support for a set period of time to see if that sort of assistance relieves some of the stress cancer caregivers are under. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Clinical Trials Need Cancer Caregivers Too



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Celebrities speak openly about stage IV diagnoses
When celebrities are open about their stage IV cancer diagnoses and the struggles they are facing, it brings attention to a topic that could otherwise be avoided. USA Today looks at what Stage IV means and how it impacts longevity and the chance of successful treatment. With celebrities such as Rush Limbaugh, Shannen Doherty and Alex Trebek all speaking openly about their own experiences, it will help many to understand what those in their own lives may be experiencing. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

Rush Limbaugh, Shannen Doherty have advanced cancer. What does that mean? What is stage IV?



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Writing in a journal can help the process
"Journaling is an intentional act of honest reflection about yourself and the things going on in your life. It can help cancer patients and caregivers navigate one of the most mentally challenging times in their lives." People who journal may experience increased memory retention, and the strengthening of relationships as they work through emotions and fears in their journaling. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

3 Benefits of Journaling for Cancer Patients and Caregivers


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Financial worries during and after cancer treatments take a toll
Forbes Magazine recently published an article on a recent study showing that 25% of cancer survivors are struggling financially. The healthcare industry in the United States is financially draining for anyone with cancer, of that there is no doubt. But as Forbes points out, it's also important to take a look at the job stress and loss of wages that impact so many people. 

Caregivers may have to take time off, reduce hours, or can even lose a job due to the time required as a cancer caregiver. The person going through treatment will likely have to take time off or at least reduce hours. This loss of income would place a strain on many households. 

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help. 

One in Four Cancer Survivors Can't Afford Their Medical Care - And We're Blaming the Wrong People


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Personal tragedy led to a life of work on cancer research
James Allison always approached things differently. But losing his mother at the age of ten to cancer helped pave the way to a life of research. After discovering how to co-opt the body's immune cells to attack and destroy tumors, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

After Cancer Took His Mother, James Allison Taught Our Immune Systems to Fight It



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Bone health after cancer treatments
We all know that bone health is a concern as we age, but treatments for cancer can also impact bone health. Certain chemotherapy drugs can reduce calcium levels in a person's body which can impact bone health. Radiation may also cause bone loss near the site of radiation. 

Even if you don't meet the minimum requirements, you should consider testing for bone health if you've gone through treatment in the past. During and after treatment, it's important to eat calcium rich foods and discuss any concerns with your doctor. 

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5 questions about bone health and cancer



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Program for children at Beloved Foundation
Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB) is a program for children ages 6 to 11 whose parents or other close family members are diagnosed with cancer. Through art projects and discussion, CLIMB helps normalize feelings children may be having and nurtures positive communication between the child and parent. 

The upcoming sessions will be run every Wednesday at 6 p.m. beginning April 8th running until May 13th. It is free to attend, but children must be registered. Please call Samantha Chambers at 909-792-3191 to register or for more information on the program.  


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A return to Broadway after treatment
Stephanie Bissonnette has been a dancer most of her life. And all of her career has been working towards being on Broadway. But, after reaching her dream, she started having headaches that sent her to the emergency room. She was soon diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a rare form of cancer found more commonly in kids than in Stephanie's late 20s. She underwent two rounds of surgery and radiation, then spent nine months recovering before returning to her spot on Broadway in the Mean Girls show against the odds. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

After A Cancer Diagnosis And Nine Months Away From Her Show, This Performer Triumphs On Broadway in Mean Girls



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Triple Negative Breast Cancer
It can be difficult to comprehend the number of different types of cancer out there. Even within one region, such as the breast, there are numerous types. A recent article from Self Magazine looks into Triple Negative Breast Cancer, what that means, and how it differs from other types of breast cancer. 

One important aspect is knowing the signs and symptoms which include a lump, swelling, tenderness of the breast or nipple, an inverted nipple, skin changes or other changes that appear. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

How Is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Different From Other Diagnoses?
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Study shows caregivers neglecting their own health
A study published by the American Psychological Association states that "People who regularly care for or assist a family member or friend with health problems are more likely to neglect their own health, particularly by not having insurance or putting off necessary health services due to cost." It comes as no surprise to most of us that those who are in the caregiver role may neglect their own needs whether they are physical, mental or emotional needs. 

If you find yourself in this situation, reach out. We have programs to help those going through cancer who are having financial difficulties. 

When caregivers need care



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Bachelorette star shares skin cancer journey
Ali Fedotowsky, former Bachelorette star, recently shared her skin cancer journey on Instagram. She shared that she has basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Six months ago, she had skin cells removed that were possibly cancerous before a new area above her hip was found more recently and diagnosed as basal call carcinoma. She encourages everyone to check your skin for changes and have yourself professional checked each year. Protect yourself and your skin. 

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help. 

Ali Fedotowsky has skin cancer

Ali Fedotowsky - Instagram




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Symptoms of ovarian cancer may be vague and hard to describe
Ovarian cancer has been known as the silent killer because early signs and symptoms are often little more than minor irritations that can be passed off as something else. 

Common symptoms include:
  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or stomach pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full more quickly than usual
  • The frequent need to urinate or feeling the urge to do so constantly
All of these symptoms can easily be attributed so something else. So, it's important to flag any of these symptoms or other changes in your body with a medical professional if they persist. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Here's Why Early Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Are So Vague



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They are your decisions to make
When cancer treatment is no longer helping, or when you have been diagnosed with incurable cancer, it's important to remember that the next decisions are yours to make. How you live your remaining time is a decision you need to make with your medical care team and those you love. Palliative care focuses on quality of life and controlling pain and may be an option to discuss with your medical practitioners. Always remember that these decisions are ultimately yours. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

Reframing Hope: Palliative Care, Hospice Care, and End-of-Life Decisions


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Cost of cancer forces patients to choose food or treatment

The high cost of cancer forces some patients to choose between food and treatment

New England Cancer Specialists (NECS) added questions to their patient questionnaire about food security during cancer treatment. Food security is an issue when the high cost of cancer forces patients to choose between food and their treatment.

They found that nearly 10% of their patients dealt with food insecurity. Those who did were less likely to complete treatment. Early stage breast cancer patients who may be required to stay on expensive medication for many months or years were most likely to have food insecurity. 

As a result of their questionnaire, NECS has implemented food assistance for any of their patients in need. They hope to expand the research to assist others around the country. 

If financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Food Insecurity and Cancer


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The caregiver has a need for care

Article on how to support the caregiver

It's easy to pour all your support into the person who is sick and overlook the care that the caregiver needs too. After all, only one person is undergoing treatment and side effects. But the caregiver's journey is exhausting, and they can use some care and support too. Whether the person who is ill is in the hospital or at home, these are a few ideas to offer your support:
  • Give the gift of food or gift cards for ready-made meals or delivery options
  • Offer time to sit with the patient so the caregiver can go and get some uninterrupted rest
  • Send a message or call to offer emotional support
It doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming to show your support. Sometimes, just knowing you care is enough. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

The Caregiver Needs Care Too



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Symptoms of throat cancer
Knowing the signs and symptoms of throat cancer may help with early diagnosis. Many of us know the common signs of largely talked about types of cancer, but we may not know the same for a cancer such as throat cancer which accounts for such a low percentage of cancer cases. Throat and oral cancer account for only 3% of cancers in the United States.

Symptoms to know:
  • A persistent sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vocal changes
  • A lump in the neck
  • Weight loss
See your physician if you have concerns. 

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What are the symptoms of throat cancer?


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Advice from women who have gone through breast cancer
hands hold a coffee cup. another hand supports the hands on the cupA cancer journey is a very personal thing, different for everyone. But there are some similarities and some information that it helps to know. In many cases, only someone who has been there can share this kind of information. 

In a recent SELF article, women who have gone through breast cancer share their thoughts on what they wished they had known at the beginning. They include topics such as always bringing a trusted person with you to medical appointments to absorb the information you are unable to, and knowing that sometimes loved ones will disappoint you in their inability to support you in the way you need. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

9 Things No One Tells You About Having Breast Cancer


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A new cancer detecting device joins a US accelerator program
An Australian company has created a hand-held imaging probe and console to help surgeons detect small remnants of cancer tumors during surgery for breast cancer. The aim is to assist surgeons and avoid repeat surgeries due to missed cancerous areas which currently occur in about one-quarter of women who undergo a lumpectomy. 

The company has been chosen from more than 800 applicants to join a US medtech accelerator program. The program gives companies the opportunity to bring their work to the next level. They hope to expand the types of cancer the device will be able to assist with and bring the device to market soon. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

A medical device startup helping breast cancer patients is off to a prestigious US medtech accelerator 



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Antioxidants and free radicals play important roles
In the 1990s, early research showed that people who had few antioxidants were at risk of cancer. Without further investigation, it was assumed by many that the more, the better. But with further study, it seems antioxidants are much more complex than initially realized and an over abundance of certain types of antioxidants can increase cancer risk in some people. The human body is complex, but it does appear that a healthy, balanced, and varied diet is still the recommendation. 

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Too many antioxidants can give you cancer, and other facts about the misunderstood molecule



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Advice for caregivers to avoid burnout
Burnout can happen to any caregiver. The responsibilities of the patient's finances, physical and mental health, and the day to day needs can wear on anyone in the caregiving role. 

A few quick tips may help lighten the load a small amount:
  • Get proper legal advice to ensure all necessary documentation is in order in case of medical emergency.
  • Find professional support when needed including having a professional help at home in any way necessary.
  • Ask for support from friends and family when you need it. 
Taking care of yourself is part of your role.

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Avoiding Burnout When Caring for an Aging Loved One


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Talk to your physician about financial worries associated with cancer treatment
When diagnosed with cancer, the fear of the financial burden can be overwhelming. We don't know where to turn, what the options are, or who to ask for help. 

One of the first ports of call should be your team of doctors. A recent study showed that of cancer patients who are struggling financially, only 50% have discussed the financial burden with their physician. Your doctor will have information and suggestions on companies and organizations that will be able to provide financial support for the cost of medications and more.

If you are San Bernardino or Riverside County, and if financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.


Addressing the Cost of Cancer Care with Your Doctor


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Living with stage 4 breast cancer
Olivia Newton-John has long been open about her cancer. She began her breast cancer journey in 1992. She now has stage 4 cancer, and discusses her attitude, some of her treatments and her life with Survivornet in a recent interview. She encourages women to follow their instincts about their own bodies regardless of first comments or initial test results. She also says to stay positive, to train yourself to be positive if necessary. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

Olivia Newton-John's Astonishing Year - From her Cancer Journey to How She's Helped Others


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Anal Cancer stigma a hot topic for Marcia Cross
Marcia Cross, well known for her role in Desperate Housewives, was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2017 and completed successful treatment nearly a year later. In an interview last summer, she said, "I know there are people who are ashamed. You have cancer! You have to then also feel ashamed? Like you did something bad, you know, because it took up residence in your anus?"

She is helping to break through the stigma with her public discussions of anal cancer both in interviews and on her social media channels. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

Marcia Cross Doesn't Want to be "Ashamed" of Anal Cancer



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Breast cancer symptoms everyone should know
When we think of changes in our breasts that might mean breast cancer, we inevitably think of a lump. But other signs that something is amiss should be known by everyone. They include: 
  • skin dimpling
  • nipple retraction
  • nipple discharge
  • breast asymmetry
  • redness or rash
  • breast or nipple pain
If you have any of these symptoms, or any other change you have noticed in your breast tissue, seek medical advice. Knowing the signs and symptoms can aid in early detection and increased treatment success. 

If financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

6 Symptoms of Breast Cancer That Aren't a Lump


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Support a caregiver in your life through meaningful text messages
Being a caregiver can be lonely, tiring and overwhelming. One caregiver shares some of the most helpful and thoughtful texts she received. If you don't know how to support a person in a caregiving role, one of these messages might give you some inspiration. From an offer of a specific errand, to a "just thinking of you" message, each one was special to the caregiver in its own way. 

Beloved Foundation exists to support caregivers of loved ones with cancer in their journey. Reach out for information on how we may be able to help. 

The Best Texts I Got as a Caregiver for my 43-Year-Old Husband



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Video series for caregivers
The physical side of caring for a person with cancer can be overwhelming. With limited support once you're home from the hospital, it can be hard to remember all the instructions when faced with the actual tasks needed. From signs of infection, to lifting, to managing pain, a new video series from The American Cancer Society helps caregivers with some common topics. 
 
If financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Caregiver Support Video Series



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The emotional side of cancer
Often, the emotional side of cancer for both patients and caregivers is overlooked in the hustle of doctors appointments, treatment appointments, the needs of daily living and the side effects treatments can bring. But it's key to acknowledge and treat the emotional side as well. Advice ranges from talking to someone who is not a family member and not directly impacted by the cancer, to modifying daily activities as needed to stay mentally healthy. 

Learn more about the support that The Beloved Foundation offers by reaching out.  

The emotional side of cancer: tips for patients, caregivers



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Kindness brightens the journey
Random acts of kindness can brighten a day, or a month, or a year as these cancer survivors share! Rethink Breast Cancer recently asked members for the most memorable acts of kindness bestowed on them during their treatments. Some of the answers are tear jerkers. 

From a neighborhood pulling together to provide nine months of meals, to an anonymous donor paying for a wig, to a gift from an online friend left at the front desk of the cancer center, these memorable acts were appreciated by the recipients. 

If you're struggling with how to show someone who is dealing with cancer that you care, one of these ideas might speak to you! 

If financial worries are wearing you down during cancer treatment, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

My Most Memorable Random Acts of Kindness



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Small changes for large gains
It's not uncommon for a person who has cancer to ask themselves if they could have prevented the cancer in the first place. With all the news of methods to reduce your risk, many are left feeling as though they are to blame. 

In a recent article, a medical doctor discusses the reasons we should look at our state of health leading up to a cancer diagnosis and attempt to make small changes moving forward. It's not blame, but there's no harm in analyzing what could be made better. She talks about "the sum of small gains" as being our ability to make small changes that add up to much greater gains when put together. From eating your veggies first, to including vegetable soup or juice as part of your daily diet, to increasing your physical activity, every small change will help your overall health including the way you feel day to day. 

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Small Changes May Make You Healthier and Happier


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A runner commits to running post treatment
Running was a passion before Jackie Carter was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, she quickly got back to running, even running to appointments she was worried about. It became a stress-reliever and helped her manage the process and the anxiety surrounding her diagnosis and treatment. 

She also found support in the running community, a place some wouldn't have expected to find it. 

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How Running Became My Therapy Post Breast-Cancer Therapy



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How to adapt to unexpected retirement
Lillian Dooies was forced to take an early retirement from teaching when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She shares five things that helped her regain her balance after a sudden, unexpected retirement including positive thinking, getting involved in a hobby or cause you're passionate about, and spend time with family and loved ones that you wouldn't have been able to spend had you still been working full time. 

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5 tips for thriving after an unexpected medical retirement



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How to support a caregiver
Caregivers share eight ways that you can reach out to someone in your life right now who is providing care for a relative or spouse. It can be hard to know what to say and how to help. Everyone feels unsure of how best to support those in a caregiving role. 

These ideas range from offering to pick up groceries while you're doing your own errands to sending a text to let them know you're thinking of them. The important thing is to offer specific ways in which you can help instead of always asking an open ended question which requires the caregiver to come up with something you can help with. 

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How to Show Up for a Friend Who is a Caregiver


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What not to say when a friend says they have cancer
It's the same for most everyone. Sometimes it's hard to know what to say, especially when faced with unexpected health news. Although it can be hard, this list of what not to say may help you. 
  1. Don't comment on how they look or seem to you
  2. Don't comment on changes to their appearance
  3. Don't make 'knowledgeable' comments about treatment
  4. Don't make comparisons to someone else with cancer
  5. Don't claim to understand their feelings
  6. Don't say it's "only" a kind of cancer that may be considered "better" by some
  7. Don't ever say "don't worry"
Instead, be there to support and listen to their feelings. Offer assistance, and mean it. Just continue to be a friend. 

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Seven things NOT to say to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer



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Christmas lights raising awareness of testicular cancer
Christian Roach spent last Christmas knowing that something wasn't right before being diagnosed with testicular cancer in January. This year, he's raising awareness of the disease and trying to break through the stigma attached to testicular cancer with a display of 750 lights on his rooftop spelling out 'check yr nuts'. 

He is celebrating successful treatment with his Christmas display to encourage early diagnosis and education around the symptoms of testicular cancer. 

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Man decorates house with 'check yr nuts' Christmas lights after surviving testicular cancer



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Taking care of yourself during the holidays
With Thanksgiving just finished and Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to look at how you're doing with the holidays, traditions, food, and people and make a plan for the coming month. 

In a recent article, Conquer Magazine gives five tips to help you through the holiday season. 
  1. Stay connected in whichever way you're most comfortable and able at this point in time.
  2. Ask for what you need whether it be for people to come to you to visit, or to pick you up, or run errands so you will have energy for a gather later in the day. 
  3. Reduce stress and rest when you need to.
  4. Look out for older friends or relatives with a simple gesture.
  5. Step into the New Year with realistic goals. 
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Cancer Survivorship and the Holidays


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Advice from Sheryl Crow
An in-depth interview between Katie Couric and Sheryl Crow dives into Sheryl's experience of breast cancer. 

She encourages anyone dealing with cancer treatments to remember that you can't make people comfortable with your diagnosis and it's not your responsibility to take care of their emotions. Sheryl also recommends taking the space you need, away from the emotions and needs of others, but also, ask for help with the mundane tasks of life that can be too tiring and overwhelming when you're going through treatment.  

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How Sheryl Crow Coped With Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis


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