I never knew I would say this, but the world goes around. My parents were the ones that took good care of me since I was born, and now it is my turn. I was prepared for it because I knew they were not getting younger as time passed. But my life pulled another twist—my father got sick. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, which prompted me to learn about cancer morning so I could take good care of him.
The practice of cancer care can be a challenging and emotional journey. After all, who wants your loved ones to get sick? No one! If you are in the same shoes as I am, our job requires a lot of patience, compassion, and physical and emotional energy.
Cancer Care 101: 5 Things I Have Learned While Taking Good Care Of My Dad
Below are the things that I have learned while taking good care of my dad with prostate cancer.
· Listen To Their Needs And Concerns
Prostate cancer can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, and it is important to provide a listening ear. Ask your loved one how they are feeling, both physically and emotionally, and be there to support them in any way that they need.
· Offer Practical Support
Offer to help with tasks such as grocery shopping, cooking meals, or running errands. You can also help with transportation to appointments and treatments or offer to accompany them to their appointments.
· Be Patient
Prostate cancer treatment can be long and gruelling, and it is vital to be patient and have a good understanding of your loved one. They may feel fatigued or experience side effects from treatments, so it is crucial to be flexible and accommodating to their needs.
· Be A Source Of Positivity
Maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can be challenging for someone with prostate cancer, but it can be a source of strength and comfort for them. Encourage your loved one to focus on the things that bring them joy and happiness, and help them to find hope and positivity in their experience.
· Take Care Of Yourself
Caring for someone with prostate cancer can be emotionally and physically draining, so it is vital to take care of yourself. Ensure to get plenty of rest, eat well, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
By following these cancer care tips, you can be a source of comfort and strength for your loved one during their cancer journey.
In my case, to do all of these, I worked remotely. That way, I could be with my dad throughout the day, his treatment, and more. During my free time, I spend several hours studying cancer patient education. I often go outside my dad’s room and ask the nurses and other people around me about their experiences.
My dad is doing well now that he is in his six months of prostate cancer treatment. I hope he regains his strength because I cannot wait to see his smile again.
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