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Providing Support from a Distance
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Providing Support from a Distance

Anyone who has been in the position of being a long-distance caregiver will attest to the fact that this is a unique and oftentimes challenging role. The term long-distance is relative; one does not need to be hundreds or thousands of miles away to be considered a long-distance caregiver. If it takes an hour’s drive...

Talking to Children About Cancer
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Talking to Children About Cancer

You may have been working hard to protect your children by not talking about cancer. However, many parents soon discover that their children know something has changed. Children notice when family members are upset and sometimes, they may even see their parents crying. They see and feel their parent’s stress and choose not to say...

What Friends & Family Can Do To Help
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What Friends & Family Can Do To Help

Sometimes it is a challenge to figure out just what we need from family and friends to help us navigate through the cancer experience.  Our needs change over time and what we need may not be a fit with what someone can provide. Most importantly, we need to acknowledge the need for help and then...

Re-Entry Anxiety is Real
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Re-Entry Anxiety is Real

While ‘getting back out there’ will continue to look very different than the way we lived our lives pre-COVID-19, restrictions are carefully being lifted. While we still need to mask up and maintain social distancing, we can begin doing many of the activities we put on hold for a year! Whoo-hoo! Yes!…So excited!!!  Or, maybe...

Our Friend Eric
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Our Friend Eric

In the words of some of the people who knew him, here is a portrait of our late friend Eric. “Eric Dell Schwortz was our younger son, husband to Allyson, brother to Steve, and friend to so many who continue to be supportive and exceptional human beings. He was a light and treasure to those...

Who am I now?
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Who am I now?

We have all kinds of scars that serve as a reminder of the powerful interventions our bodies are subjected to during cancer treatment. These might be the obvious surgical scars that may fade and change over time but remain, for the rest of our lives. Other physical changes such as fatigue and hair loss, appliances...

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