You Are Their Rock
And, by the way, you rock for helping your loved one. Regardless of where they are in the treatment course, your loved one with ALK+ lung cancer may need to rely on you for support, help, and sometimes guidance.
Your loved one needs to make a lot of hard decisions and having someone to talk with is an enormous help. ALK+ lung cancer is a complicated disease. But don’t worry, we’ve created this page to give you the lowdown and steer you to resources that can help you navigate the treatment landscape.
Ways you can help your loved one
- Assist them with daily activities (such as going to the doctor and making meals)
- Research and keep learning about ALK+ lung cancer
- Support them through important medical decisions
- Keep spreading the good vibes
- Send interesting articles their way
- Give them privacy and space if they need it
It is important to prioritize yourself as well. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of others.
Adjusting to Your New Role
We get it. You were used to a dynamic with your loved one and now that relationship is changing. Remember, you continue to be their rock. Being proactive in your new role will set up you and your loved one to keep moving forward.
- Join a community group. You can meet other Care Partners to share ideas and insights with
- Keep learning about ALK+ lung cancer. Seeing you confident will comfort your loved one about their journey
To make the adjustment a little easier, we've selected four resources that have excellent tips to help you make the transition: Cancer.org Information for Caregivers and Family | Cancer.gov Support for Caregivers | American Lung Cancer Resource | and NCI Caregiver Booklet.