Who Needs This Book?
The odds are that you or someone you care about will need the information provided in this book.
Caregivers are the critical partners in helping cancer patients—especially those whose lives are at risk—to cope with treatment while sustaining routine daily activities. Cancer patients vary in how each responds to even standard treatments, so each caregiver must invent his or her own way every day, based on an ever-changing set of circumstances.
A University of California Study estimated that the stress of caregiving can take as many as 10 years off a family caregiver’s life. Lessons from experienced caregivers can build the new caregiver’s stock of ideas and solutions and help accelerate needed learning while reducing the most avoidable stresses.
Of equal importance are statistics that show that most of us will either become a cancer patient or become a cancer caregiver at some point during our lives. According to the American Cancer Society, men face a 1 in 2 risk of getting cancer, and women a 1 in 3 risk. The website www.caregiverhope.com estimates that 75% of all households will at some point find themselves caring for a cancer patient.
Things I Wish I’d Known offers a roadmap drawn by experienced travelers to help both caregivers and their patients to manage the decisions, logistics, and emotions of the caregiving process for maximum benefit.