Carers Week (10 to 16 June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. For 2019, Carers Week is focusing on getting carers connected. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. It impacts on all aspects of life and caring without the right information and support can be tough.
A lymphoma diagnosis brings many changes, not only to the person with the diagnosis but also to their family and friends – those that care for them. Carers may provide practical help, such as travelling to hospital appointments and monitoring health and side effects, or emotional support by being a listening ear. It can bring people closer together through a shared focus; more time spent together, a reassessment of what is important in life and a new appreciation of strengths and values. But it can also be exhausting and stressful.
It is crucially important that carers look after themselves properly:
- Pay attention to your own feelings and make sure you still make time for yourself.
- Eat and drink healthily.
- Get enough sleep.
- Don't take it all on yourself – ask for help from family and friends and be prepared to let some tasks go to other people.
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12 June 2019