The Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN), founded by Barbara B. Kavanagh in 2004, is preparing to host a series of Cancer Caregivers Education Program© events based on their successful programs in 2015. This program is designed to provide caregivers of cancer patients and the patient’s team, with practical knowledge, skills and strategies necessary for effectively caring for their loved ones as well as themselves.
The first event of 2016 will be held on Saturday, February 20th from 8:30am to 11:30am at the Courtyard Marriott Salt River located at 5201 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale and will cover the topic, “Navigating the Healthcare System” led by both Barbara Kavanagh, MSW and Founder of AzMN and Suzanne Hyde, MSW, LCSW and owner of Suzanne Hyde Counseling and Psychotherapy.
“Being a cancer caregiver for the past 25 years for my husband, Jack, and even to this day, I wished that there would be a program like this where caregivers could come together in a supportive environment to share and learn from one another through personal experiences,” said Barbara Kavanagh. “It is so important that the caregiver also receive the knowledge and guidance they need to make well informed decisions, not only emotional ones, on behalf of their loved one.”
As one cancer caregiver family commented: “We have attended all the cancer caregiver programs and learned from each one. They have been a ‘life saver’ for us and made a huge difference for my beloved wife and my three sons.”
The program is designed for cancer caregivers, friends of the caregiver and family members of the patient. It is important that all members of the patient’s ‘team’ understand the role and tasks of the caregiver so they may provide support when the caregiver is overwhelmed.
The February 20th event is free and includes a continental breakfast. Cancer caregivers will receive multiple takeaways that they can adopt, explore and put into action immediately to take better care of themselves and their loved one.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information on future programs, or to register for the first Cancer Caregiver Education Program©, please visit www.azmn.info/care, Arizona Myeloma Network at www.azmyelomanetwork.org or contact (623) 466-6246.