Caring for a loved one diagnosed with a major illness like cancer also means caring for yourself. It's important to take time to rest and recharge, enjoy activities together that bring joy and laughter and accept that anger, fear and anxiety are common but controllable, says Cynthia Hayes, Founder of The Big Ordeal, a supportive online community where cancer caregivers and patients share stories. www.thebigordeal.com
. Nearly 44 million people serve as unpaid caregivers in the U.S. (2015 study).
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