Cancer Caregivers Need Support, Too

This podcast was originally published on Cure Today by Kristie L. Kahl, on August 1, 2019, here.

In this week’s episode of the “CURE Talks Cancer” podcast, we spoke with a caregiver about the support needed for others taking care of a loved one with cancer: They need it, too, she says.

In a letter to her younger self – through Merck’s Your Cancer Game Plan “With Love, Me” campaign – Kristi, a caregiver to who her husband who was diagnosed with stage 3 HPV-related tonsil cancer in 2013, addressed the labels associated with a cancer diagnosis and the support she hopes others receive when caring for a loved one with the disease.

“Nothing about cancer is going to be by the book – there is no book,” she says. “You can talk to other people who have experienced similar cancers, but just as every person is unique, so is their cancer. Inconsistency is going to become the only consistency.”