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Caring for Caregivers

IMG_0067.JPGCaregivers of cancer survivors, or anyone coping with an illness or disability, can often struggle with taking care of themselves while caring for their loved one. Esther Sachse, LCSW, Director of Support Programs at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, likens the situation to the familiar safety drills on airplanes: “When the oxygen masks drop down, you have to put on your own mask before you help others. It’s the same with caregiving, it’s so important for caregivers to take care of themselves well before they can best help their loved ones.”

Cancer Services took a step in caring for the caregivers by hosting an appreciation luncheon to honor and celebrate all they do. Appropriately scheduled on February 14th, caregivers and their loved ones coping with a chronic illness attended a Valentine-themed luncheon. In addition to connecting with those in similar situations, attendees enjoyed lunch and a few songs performed on guitar by fellow client Pete McGrew.

The Caregiver Support Group at Cancer Services meets the second Friday of every month at 12 noon. Anyone caring for a loved one, no matter the ailment, is welcomed to attend. Additionally, our Library/Resource center has information and resources to help both the caregiver and the patient cope and stay informed. Call the Cancer Services at 225-927-2273 or come by 550 Lobdell Avenue to learn more.