With Love, From MIL

By Felicia Moro

Felicia Moro of New Jersey writes about her daughter-in-law Rachel Cheetham Moro, a Breast Cancer Consortium founder who died from metastatic breast cancer four years ago.

I first met Rachel in a Starbucks in London when I was visiting my son, Anthony. I was excited to meet the woman who stole my . . . → Read More: With Love, From MIL

Research Brief: Couples Dealing With Breast Cancer - The Role Of Husbands In Supporting Their Wives (Poland)

Compared to their western counterparts, Polish researchers devote considerably less attention to men’s roles as carers. Indeed, the Polish health care system’s relative inattention to patients’ informational, instrumental or emotional needs in general helps to render loved ones barely noticeable. BCC member Edyta Zierkiewicz of the University of Wroclaw and her colleague Emilia Mazurek of . . . → Read More: Research Brief: Couples Dealing With Breast Cancer – The Role Of Husbands In Supporting Their Wives (Poland)

Forum: On Caregiving

“Forum: On Caregiving,” by Arthur Kleinman, Harvard Magazine, July-August 2010.

A scholar experiences the moral acts that come before—and go beyond—modern medicine.

Caregiving is not easy. It consumes time, energy, and financial resources. It sucks out strength and determination. It turns simple ideas of efficacy and hope into big question marks. It can amplify anguish . . . → Read More: Forum: On Caregiving

Diary Of A Caregiver

By Diane Fine

Diane Fine is earning her Master of Social Work and PhD in clinical psychology. At the moment, she has suspended her studies to take care of her friend Katherine who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Diane has a niece who is like a daughter to her. She lives in Massachusetts.

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I Wasn't A Caregiver

By Anthony M.

Anthony M. works for a large New York based financial institution and lives in the same small town on the Jersey Shore where he grew up. Perth, Australia, Rachel’s hometown, is literally the farthest city on the planet from it. Anthony shares what it was like to be Rachel’s caregiver for . . . → Read More: I Wasn’t A Caregiver

Caring For Our Daughter

By Yvonne Jones-Gill

Yvonne Jones-Gill is 62 years old and lives on The Isle Of Portland, Dorset (UK) with her husband of 45 years, Martin. She has three children. Before her retirement she worked as a senior officer in a day centre for the elderly.

Heather at graduation, earning honors in nursing . . . → Read More: Caring For Our Daughter

Hard On The Body, Hard On The Soul

By Kelly D.

Kelly D. (a pseudonym) shares the difficulties breast cancer and treatment can create in a loving, long-term relationship.

I don’t imagine anyone would say that looking after someone with breast cancer was easy. But in my case, my partner’s diagnosis took our relationship into a realm of no return.

Joanne took . . . → Read More: Hard On The Body, Hard On The Soul

The Wife Of A Man With Metastatic Breast Cancer

By Linda Holden

Linda Holden is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. She is a caregiver for her husband Bob, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 12 years ago. Linda volunteers with her local humane society in their Pet Assisted Therapy program, takes her and Bob’s dog Bailey to . . . → Read More: The Wife Of A Man With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Dictionaries, Cats, Encyclopedias

By Marco Peano

Marco Peano was born in Turin in 1979. He works for the Italian publisher Einaudi. He won the Volponi Prize for his first novel, L’invenzione della madre (The Invention of the Mother, minimum fax, 2015), in which Peano shares the intimate realities of dealing with a mother’s long illness, and learning . . . → Read More: Dictionaries, Cats, Encyclopedias

Rolling And Strolling

By Alice Ayers

Alice Ayers (a pseudonym) writes about being a caregiver of her partner, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41, had a local recurrence three years later, and then was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The lessons she learned about caregiving in those years were many.

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