Do you care for a prostate cancer patient? Share your TRUE inspirational caregiver story for your chance to win a curated care package from Kristen Bell.
Cancer is a health challenge that is impacting families at an ever-growing rate. My own family has been impacted more than once.
I've had melanoma. My paternal grandmother had colon cancer (she ultimately passed from Alzheimer's disease). My maternal grandmother died with lung cancer. And my grandfather (not biological, but I grew up with him around) died from prostate cancer.
All three of my grandparents passed within just a few years of each other. It's amazing how fast a cancer diagnosis can change everything. My family quickly drifted apart and the big family events we had all but stopped.
I don't know if it's the emotional drain that happens when you have to care for a family member with cancer. Or if it's just that when the generation anchoring everyone together passes, traditions evolve too.
Unfortunately I didn't live near my family when they were caring for my ailing grandparents. I did, however, hear stories of the trials and tribulations that come from caring for a patient with a terminal diagnosis.
I am so grateful that there was family living close enough to them to care for them in a way that they got to stay in their own homes until their final days. I am grateful for their strength and their love.
Has your family been impacted by prostate cancer? If you have, I encourage you to share you prostate cancer caregiving story on the Prostate Cancer Foundation's website during their TRUE campaign.
This campaign is all about celebrating and honoring caregivers of prostate cancer patients. It could be anyone such as spouses, partners, nurses, doctors, children and friends.
I want to highlight this program in particular because prostate cancer is one disease where there's a general lack of knowledge about it. Patients and their caregivers face so many challenges that are unknown to the public.
The sad effect of that is that prostate cancer caregivers are often under-supported and under-acknowledged. The Prostate Cancer Foundation would like to improve people's knowledge by sharing TRUE inspirational stories from caregivers who live TRUE love everyday by providing support to men with the disease.
Submit your TRUE love and honor story about those who care for men with prostate cancer for a chance to win a special care package curated by Kristen Bell. Read all the amazing stories at pcf.org/TRUE.