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Being a caregiver to a sick loved one can be difficult, time consuming and emotionally draining. It's also hard to find others who know what you're going through, but keeping all the thoughts, feelings, concerns and pains inside can lead to burnout, sickness and depression.
Not all illnesses are visible. Across the US, nearly 60 million people are struggling with a mental illness. If you're caring for someone with an "invisible disease" it can be just as, if not more, difficult than caring for someone with a physical ailment.
A caregiver is generally defined as someone within a family or close friendship circle who is caring for a sick or elderly family member or friend. Generally the care is given within the home of the sick or elderly person or within the home of the caregiver.
Nearly two-fifths of the US population call themselves a caregiver of some kind and at some level, whether it's full or part time care. However, this still leaves a large population of the sick or elderly without a primary caregiver.
This week, National Public Radio did a story on how chemotherapy patients often lose their appetite. Part of the reason is because the chemo medication gets into the bloodstream, and therefore into saliva, causing foods to taste metallic when chewed and digested. Another reason is because of the nausea and general fatigue that chemotherapy can cause. Yet another way chemotherapy destroys appetite is by killing off rapidly reproducing cells.
When you're not feeling well, it's easy to spend days at a time in the same sweatpants or old, raggedy t-shirt. But getting yourself dressed, put together and looking good can actually lift your mood and help you recover faster. Plus a little pampering can go a long way. Here are a few tips on how to look good, even when you're feeling bad:
There's nothing more comforting or practical than getting food when you're sick. But if you've been sick for awhile or are struggling with a chronic illness, you've probably been given a lot of the same kinds of thing, and while you're appreciative of all the thought that went into it, there's only so much chicken noodle soup and tuna casserole one person can stomach.
Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe over 100 medical conditions and diseases, known as rheumatic diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control, arthritis affects an estimated 50 million U.S. adults and continues to be the most common cause of disability in the United States.
This May is the 25th anniversary of National Stroke Awareness Month. National Stroke Association has been working long before there was a nationally recognized month to help people understand the causes, signs, effects and treatments for stroke. This year they are highlighting strokes within minorities.
Being sick and potentially stuck inside doesn't have to mean sitting in front of the TV or doing crossword puzzle after crossword puzzle. Even with limited mobility there are all kinds of activities and new or old hobbies you can take on. In fact, this might be the perfect time to learn something new, try something you've always wanted to try or catch up on some things you've let go. Below are just a few ideas to get you inspired to make the most of your down time.