Being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming experience. At the Budwig Center, we have welcomed people from many parts of the world, and have witnessed firsthand the benefits of a supportive caregiver.
When one confronts new challenges, it is wise to take a moment to plan, evaluate, and understand what’s involved. Even something as seemingly straight forward as changing one’s diet can mean shopping at new supermarkets, using different kitchen appliances, and also making changes in your social life and daily routine.
So, the questions arise, will you be able to do this on your own or will you be dependant on a caregiver? If so, how much help will you need?
Here are a few factors to consider:
- How good are you at researching and sourcing natural ingredients available in your area?
- Do you have the energy to go shopping for fresh produce every few days?
- How much time do you have to spend planning and preparing meals?
- Are you a motivated person?
- Are you mentally and emotionally prepared to strictly following a new diet plan?
In many fields, people recognize the need for a “coach,” someone who can support and motivate them to pursue their goals. This type of assistance has proved to be invaluable for a person facing cancer. At the Budwig Center, we have had the privilege of hearing numerous testimonies of individuals who have attained remission and recovery. The vast majority have had strong support at home. These caregivers and assistants are worthy of our praise and commendation!
Caregivers Are A Gift
We think especially of caregivers who are also family members. The shock to hear that someone you love has a chronic illness is a huge blow. One’s emotions and thinking can be consumed with worry.
Many caregivers have the following feelings:
- They aren’t doing enough.
- They aren’t doing it right.
- The life of their loved one is in their hands and depends on them.
These thoughts can paralyze us instead of empowering us. Instead, try to think this way:
- Can I network?
- Are there others near me or online doing the same who can give me ideas?
- My (spouse/son/daughter/relative) is not alone. They have me on their side, and I’m going to give it my best, and learn a lot in the process!
For the cancer patient in need of support, there may also need to be an adjustment in viewpoint. For example, Having a caregiver does not mean that they do everything from here on out. One must take responsibility for their own healthcare, to the extent possible. The more proactive you are as a patient, the more empowered you will feel, which will help dissipate some of the worries and the fear you may experience. The key is to find the balance between not being ashamed to ask for help and taking responsibility for your health.
Many of our patients have found writing a diary, or a blog has helped them be fully present in each step of the journey. Sharing their feelings in this way has enabled them to balance the fear of their circumstances with the joy of having a “team” of loving friends and family around them. A team who are cheering them on and providing practical and emotional support. These daily gratitude sessions keep us balanced on an emotional level, which is imperative to our overall health.
Many who have published blogs online have subsequently broadened their support base and have garnered more friends and supporters along the way. They have even found that they have been a source of strength to others who are on a similar health journey.
Caregivers and The Budwig Center
What many cancer patients and caregivers comment on is how surprised they are to learn that the Budwig Diet is not a restrictive diet. Interestingly, many caregivers have decided to also follow the diet themselves. Why? So that they can have the optimum energy needed to continue to provide support.
For example, watch the following testimonial from caregiver Sheila Devlin:
When you come to the Budwig Center for a natural cancer program, both caregiver and patient can stay in one of our designated apartments at no extra cost. Also, we provide daily meals for patients, their families, and any other helpers. In the Budwig kitchen, all can enjoy personal training sessions from our nutritionists and other staff and are taught how to make meals that harmonize with the Budwig Diet and Protocol. These training sessions and daily meals have been a highlight for many who come to our clinic.
“No Man Is An Island”
Upon returning home, patients will continue to receive support from our medical team. Each patient returns home with the GSR hand cradle, which enables us to monitor the progress made. Using this same device, we are also to provide emotional support.
You’ve heard it said before: “No man is an island.” Any support you can get during this stressful and uncertain time will make a huge difference. So, don’t hold back. Go ahead and ask for help and support. The response will likely be a pleasant surprise.
Do you or a loved one have cancer? If so, contact us immediately. We are available to answer questions and help you face cancer using natural methods.