Caregiving for both parents when father learns of lung cancer (Linda’s story)

In this video, Linda S. talks about caring for her father who had metastasized lung cancer as well as caring for her mother who has dementia

Watch as Linda talks about caring for her father from his diagnosis of metastasized lung cancer through to his passing. He had been primary caregiver of her mom who is living and has dementia. Linda was caregiver for both of her parents and continues to be for her mom.

Linda shares how she’s learned to have end-of-life conversations before time makes it necessary. She talks about how she helped her dad get his life in order and gave him control, and how she addressed his concerns about her mom’s care. She also discusses coping with her emotions, fighting fatigue and needing to take time off.

I would tell people, just remember to take care of yourself. Keep your own reserves as high as you can and don’t feel selfish about doing that.

Watch the video of Linda S. talking about caregiving for both parents

The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective initiative is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to offer a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey and to help information flow throughout. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The initiative has focused on reporting about the patient experience, and giving health-care providers patient-centred tools and resources, which have been validated and standardized.

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