Caring for You

Remember to take care of yourself - it's one of the best things you can do for your loved one.

When you tend to your emotional and physical needs, you can give your best to the person you love. Co-survivors should read the Caregiver’s Bill of Rights to better understand why your needs remain so important.

Co-surviving may be a new role for you. That means it will bring new challenges—and new opportunities. Be aware of how you feel and tend to your needs. Get plenty of rest and eat well. Take time each day for you. Rely on someone else who wants to help and don’t be afraid to say “no”—some things will just not be that important.

As you care for your loved one and yourself, be prepared to experience some strong emotions. Co-survivors can feel sad, alone, even overwhelmed—but you can also experience tremendous rewards, discovering a sense of unity, common purpose and deeper connection with the one you love.

Co-surviving can also bring other people you love together for a common goal. You don’t need to do it alone. Many co-survivors find themselves surrounded by love and support, hearing from family and friends who want to help.  Let them.

Lean on Us so She Can Lean on You

Find the support you need through YSC. Check out our ResourceLink Guidebook to help you find the co-survivor support services you need. 

Many organizations, including CancerCare and Cancer Support Community, offer rewarding online and in-person events to help co-survivors do their best. Coping University offers free podcasts with support for those dealing with serious illness. When looking for resources, you may also find what you need listed under "caregiver" education and support.

For local programs designed for co-survivors and families, check with your Regional Field Manager.