Today, it is rare that someone is not impacted directly or indirectly by chronic illness, perhaps especially cancer. Cancer takes so much. Cancer is consuming. Relationships strain, finances deplete, hopes for future graduations, weddings, grandchildren, retirement, travel are taken, self-esteem is attacked, parenting is limited, and living with an uncertain future is the new normal.
If you are the patient, not only do you endure the seemingly endless medical procedures and treatment, you also struggle for emotional well-being. How can any one person navigate day-to- day living struggling with autonomy while inching toward dependence?
If you are the spouse, family member, friend, or neighbor, you face feelings of helplessness, wanting to do something, anything, to return to better times. But what?
If you are a caregiver, you may struggle with complicated feelings at any given time. Feelings of guilt, fear, resentment, anger, helplessness, isolation, or feeling underappreciated are all common but very hard to hold while trying to be the best caregiver you can.
My practice specialty is working with impact of cancer. In addition to individual psychotherapy for chronic illness, I offer a weekly caregiver psychotherapy group. For more information on the group, click here.