A lung cancer diagnosis is life-changing for the caregiver as well as for the person with the disease. When you became a caregiver, you added managing your loved one's health care, treatments, and appointments in addition to other family and financial responsibilities to your role. After your role as caregiver has ended because your loved one is on the road to recovery or has passed away, what next? The resources below offer a broad overview of issues and emotions you might confront.
- Life After Cancer Treatment: Many cancer survivors say that, while they felt they had lots of information and support during their illness, once treatment stopped they entered a whole new world—one filled with new questions. The same may be true for caregivers. This booklet was written by the National Cancer Institute to share common feelings and reactions that many survivors and caregivers experience after treatment ends.
Helpful Articles and Websites
- Life After Caregiving: Reclaiming Yourself And Picking Up The Pieces
- Dealing with Grief, Mourning and Bereavement
- Finding Life After Caregiving
- Adjusting to Life After Cancer Caregiving
- After the Caregiving Ends
- LUNGevity LifeLine Support Partners: Your experiences as a caregiver have value and meaning. You can share them by volunteering to mentor, encourage, and support other caregivers who are starting the lung cancer journey with their loved one.
- LUNGevity Lung Cancer Support Community: The LUNGevity Lung Cancer Support Community is a resource that allows users to post messages and receive advice from fellow caregivers. Many members have faced the loss of a loved one to lung cancer, and this online forum allows members to freely express their emotions while remaining a part of the lung cancer community.
- LUNGevity LinkUP: LUNGevity’s LinkUP newsletter provides an opportunity for you to remain involved in the lung cancer community. Many former caregivers and survivors sign up to learn of opportunities to help increase awareness of the disease, lobby for additional research funds, and end the stigma associated with lung cancer.