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A caregiver's perspective on the importance of support

Joanne Morrison spent four-and-a-half years as a caregiver for her husband, Guy, before he passed away from an aggressive brain tumour. It was an extremely difficult period and provided Joanne a unique perspective on the toll cancer can take on patients and their loved ones. When people would ask how he was feeling, Guy would say that he was "fine", but that "fine" stood for "Fouled up Inside, Nice Exterior."

"You aren't fine as you go through this, either as a patient or a caregiver," says Joanne. "It's a roller coaster ride. Sometimes Guy was very ill and other times he was a lot better."

Her experience inspired Joanne to work as a peer support volunteer, helping caregivers from across the country. In this video, she gives some great advice for caregivers that she wishes she knew when Guy received his diagnosis.

Our peer support program connects people with cancer and caregivers with a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience. Read more about how our Peer Support Service helps hundreds of cancer patients and caregivers every day or call 1-888-939-3333.

If you've been a caregiver to a loved one with cancer, why not get involved as a peer support volunteer?