When a family member or friend is diagnosed with cancer, life as you know it has ended. Not only must you face the chaos of doctors’ visits, exhausting treatments, and sleepless nights, you must try to savor every precious moment you spend with your loved one. It’s not easy. And when the diagnosis is brain cancer, you must endure all this plus one more challenge: The person you love may look the same and sound the same—but he or she is not the same. His or her personality may change—sometimes in extreme ways. A kind and loving person may become angry and say hurtful things. A warm, upbeat person may withdraw or behave in self-destructive ways. In short, the essence of your loved one can disappear, even as he or she continues to live.
Joni Aldrich and Neysa Peterson have each cared for a spouse with a brain illness. They have combined their insights in this practical, straight-talking book. Readers will learn:
• Symptoms a brain cancer patient may experience, depending on where
the tumors are located.
• Information about brain seizures—what they are, what to do, and what to expect.
• Basic advice on what and how to tell the children of brain cancer patients.
• How to create and maintain a warm, comfortable, and safe environment.
• Using effective listening to give the care receiver what he or she needs.
• Methods to use if communication becomes an issue.
• Understanding social inhibition and how the loss of it can change the patient.
• How to deal with changes in personality, behavior, and emotions.
• Issues related to changes in memory and the resulting confusion.
• Sometimes brain cancer patients lose mobility. In addition to the problem
itself, they may be confused as to what caused the paralysis.
• How to identify and defuse the stimulant behind irritability and anger.
• Working through indifference, sadness, and depression toward some peace.
• Coping with self-destructive behavior—safety is your number one concern!
• End-of-life discussions and fulfilling final wishes.
You can continue to love and be loved as you brave the days that follow a brain cancer diagnosis. Connecting through Compassion lightens your burden by providing tools to help caregivers and patients alike make the most of the journey that lies ahead.