The Role Of Caretaker During Cancer

Author: Shannon Miller

May 12, 2011

Over the last couple of months I’ve been writing this blog and discussing what I’ve been going through mentally and physically. However, a cancer diagnosis affects more than just the patient. Watching my husband take care of me and another close family member at the same time really put things in perspective. My parents, who both work full time and live several states away, had to deal with the emotions of not being able to be here physically but still finding ways to be helpful.

As a cancer survivor herself, my mother was able to provide lessons from firsthand experience and my father was able to be a calm reassurance that everything would be okay. My father probably doesn’t even realize that he has been a made impact in the way that he took on and made his health a priority this year.

My husband has been incredible in what he has taken on during this time: Aside from running his company and keeping up with his obligations he had to take on chemo appointments, taking care of Rocco, housework, errands and even eating on the other side of the house when I couldn’t take the smell of food. He had to deal with my constant emotional swings (not an easy task) and being there to hold my hand as I got my head shaved.

In doesn’t escape my notice that, as the patient, I have received a huge amount of support. But who is there to support the caretaker?

I want to introduce you to a good friend and amazing woman who will be joining the Shannon Miller Lifestyle team as a guest blogger.

Over the past two years, Tammy Badida has experienced the journey of a caretaker first-hand. After losing her husband to cancer in January 2011, it has been her heart’s desire to share this experience openly with those who have or are experiencing the physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles of taking care of a loved one in a time of need.

Tammy is an amazing woman and I urge you to share the My Journey link with others who are facing this role.

Tammy’s story of “Learning to Live” during a life-changing battle has encouraged and reached so many already and can be found at:

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3 Responses to “ The Role Of Caretaker During Cancer ”

  1. Laura Miles Says:

    May 13th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Tammy, I am so thrilled for you !!!! That you are able to help others. You are such an inspiration !!!! May GOD bless you dear friend.

  2. J Baker Says:

    May 13th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    While Mrs. Badida is filled with the strength her faith provides, she offers insight and soulful advice that anyone of any faith can draw on. I feel as though I was, and still am, on a journey with her.

    I learned so much about what a spouse, parent, and caregiver needs to know – things you never ask yourself because you don’t expect the worse to happen.

    I am not a person of any great faith in a greater power. It occurred to me when I stumbled on to the, that it didn’t matter.

    I can take from her blog, insight that applies to everyone. More importantly, I am able to learn, through her strength and guidance, how to survive the unthinkable happens to our dearest loved one.

    – can’t wait to see how her story continues.

  3. Erika Nelson Says:

    May 18th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Tam, you have always spoken words of inspiration into my life and now others can experience that too. You have literally opened your heart and poured it into your blog as you have walked this very difficult path with Nick. So many others have and will benefit from your willingness to share your story. I am so proud of you!

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