Caregiving During the Holidays

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Ashley’s Voice

Blog Post: Family Caregiver Alliance

Caregivers :

Whether it’s an exciting time, or a difficult time of the year, the holiday season is upon us. The holidays can give much joy and happiness, but they can also bring added responsibilities and feelings of grief. Because of the additional demands of the season, many family caregivers understandably experience an increase in stress this time of year.

You Are Not Alone Care Givers

For those caregivers looking for help and advice, FCA has articles on holiday caregiving topics including stress, family dynamics, and gratitude. Our new Caregiving Through the Holidays webinar is also available to view. New and seasoned caregivers can take advantage of FCA’s free online service FCA CareJourney. CareJourney provides quality information, support, and resources tailored to your individual situation.

On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and board of directors at FCA, I’d like to wish you all a peaceful and happy holidays.

Sincerely,

Calvin Hu – Education Coordinator

edprograms@caregiver.org

Ashley’s Voice Caregiving Blog

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Through Their Eyes The Role of Caregivers in Clinical Trial Participation


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Time and again we hear stories of the love, service, and sacrifice caregivers provide while supporting clinical trial participants through their journeys. From shuttling research volunteers back and forth to appointments, offering emotional support, and reminding participants to take medications or fill out diaries, caregivers are often among the unsung heroes of clinical research.

In the videos below you’ll meet three pairs of participants and caregivers, each with a unique story. We hope you find as much inspiration in their stories as we do.

Pamela & Brent’s Partnership

“You can do it alone, but it’s nice that you don’t have to.”
– Pamela

Meet Pamela and Brent. They’ve been married for 22 years. Pamela has Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and is participating in an investigation clinical trial. Brent is her caregiver. In this video, we will hear from Pamela and Brent as they talk about dealing with the day to day challenges of Pamela’s diagnosis as a team, working together to create a new normal, and the benefits to participating in a clinical trial with a partner.