— Dear Friends: October has been a busy and challenging month. We held our 3rd and final Cancer Caregivers Conference for 2018. Nearly 100 attendees came from throughout Arizona, plus a few from Colorado and California. We brought together a faculty of cancer researchers, clinicians, social workers, nurses and cancer caregiver families. Our focus on young families with caregivers highlighted the special concerns of this population. Trying to take care of a spouse, while managing a job and children is an …

— Dear Friends: This month I would like to talk to you about loneliness. Ironically, I think that I am lonelier than my husband, the cancer patient. He has ‘guy’ friends. They know he has cancer, but he never talks to them about it. He talks sports, politics, travel, baseball, and more baseball. Yes, I said baseball twice…because he Loves it and has since he was a child. He has a dedicated exercise routine involving either swimming or walking every day. …

— Dear Friends: It has been a long, hot summer! For cancer patients and their families, summer isn’t always an opportunity for vacations, or fun and relaxing. The kids are home from school, but mom and dad still need to work and keep up the same routine of doctor’s visits, or treatment. Finances can also be an issue. Many couples, families or singles who are battling cancer don’t have the extra money or time to get away. Sometimes, simple and short …

— Starting our new life together in 1991 was scary and exciting.  Jack and I were married and moving to Holland to advance his career with an International Company. My joy was over-shadowed by dread. Jack was diagnosed with myeloma a month before our wedding. Like many who hear “he/she has CANCER” my life changed forever! I was overcome by shock, anger and fear and wondered if I was strong enough. How will I survive the guilt of leaving my business, …

— I am so honored to be able to share my Cancer Caregiver Journey with you. And, I am grateful to AARP Colorado for the opportunity to share what I have learned to help others. It is a Journey filled with Love, Faith, Courage, and Hope. I met wonderful people I might never have known if it wasn’t for Cancer! I have overcome challenges I never dreamed of and lived and loved more fully than I ever imagined. My Journey began …

— People caring for loved ones with cancer face unique challenges and often lack support. The Arizona Myeloma Network (AZMN) offers training for these caregivers, and AARP Arizona is sponsoring three free sessions on Saturdays—Sept. 30, Dec. 9 and Feb. 10—from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn skills and strategies they can use to help patients with any kind of cancer and to relieve their own stress. Topics include cancer pain, communication, insurance, nursing care and key questions to ask …

— Let me start by staying that at age 69, I have survived stage 3C ovarian cancer for OVER 7 years!  Now that I have your attention, please keep reading – I want to share my story! Toward the end of 2009, I noticed periodic discomfort above my pelvic bone when I sat down. This odd pain would subside after a few seconds, but several weeks later, I saw a little blood after I urinated.  “Oh no,” I thought, and called …

— AARP members and their friends are invited come together to laugh for a charitable cause when Menopause: The Musical takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Packard Musical Hall in Warren. Meet and mingle with AARP members and their guests at a pre-show reception at Bourbon 45 prior to the musical starting at 6:00 pm. The performance begins at 8:00 pm. This musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s features …

Valualing The Invaluable Mississippi

— New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Mississippi provided 467 million hours of care—worth an estimated $5.4 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled …

GrandFamily Conference

— When Stormy, age 8, was in kindergarten, her teachers started sending her home from school frequently for vomiting and losing her balance. After a couple doctor visits, the family was told to wait and see what happens. When her situation didn’t improve, her great-grandparents took the lead and arranged for a doctor visit at a local Children’s Hospital. Soon afterwards, Stormy was diagnosed with an amelablastoma, or brain tumor. She’d had it for 6 months. Stormy’s father had passed away …