• I had 2 friends diagnosed with thyroid cancer over the past coupla weeks. Both young women with young children. Both successful wonderful folks who had subtle changes in their health. Both pursued medical care despite being told “they were probably fine” he morale here is to trust yourself. Know your body. And if something doesn’t seem right…[Read more]

  • Love the picture Donna. That is truly YOU!

  • Rick Boulay posted an update in the group Group logo of CaregiversCaregivers: 7 years, 8 months ago

    I had a very interesting discussion with a patient and her husband yesterday. The caregiver husband asked me for advice on how to get his wife to do less. We didn’t come up with any answers but did discover a lot of hurt feelings. The caregiver is concerned with his wife overdoing and either exhausting herself or getting hurt. The patient is…[Read more]

    • Thats my mom, I am not in her shoes battling this god awful disease, but she is not a person to just sit and do nothing, she has always been a hard worker. She was working full time still until the day of her surgery and her treatments began. It is very frustrating because no matter what any of us say she is doing what she wants to do, is that…[Read more]

      • rick replied 7 years, 8 months ago · ·

        Hey Christine, Welcome! I hear you. We are not in their shoes. We dont walk their path. But we are close by. Another thing. I dont think that cancer changes who we are fundamentally. It may change our approach and make appreciate things more. SO if someone spent their life before cancer “doing”, they’ll continue “doing” during their…[Read more]

  • Rick Boulay posted an update in the group Group logo of CaregiversCaregivers: 7 years, 8 months ago

    I think caregiving can be the toughest job ever. You have to know when to listen, when to advise, when to laugh, when to cry, when to be near and when to give some space. All while playing a game without knowing the rules. I’ve been doing it a lot of years and still can’t get it right. I think the most important job is listening, though. Anyone…[Read more]

  • Its the little things. So I’m out doing yardwork: planting new shrubs and roses and it dawns on me that nearly 2 years ago, my wife is diagnosed with leukemia and what I thought was my perfect life was over. I spent a lot of time just trying to get from day to day (I wrote about it in my blog “Damn weeds”- you can see it under the blogs tab.).…[Read more]

  • Hey, what’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you during your treatment?

    • I only had the surgery, nothing funny there, but after I got my prothesis and before swim suits had pockets for them, Mine would end up floating on the water. Once on vacation in South America, I dove in the pool at the hotel and I heard a scream and when I came up my prothesis was floating around in the pool! Thank goodness for reconstruction!!!

  • I just changed My Avatar to a photo of me and my Dad skiing (or perhaps better said, controlled falling down a mountain) in Utah this February. A few years ago we decided to go on a skiing trip, just he and I . A father son thing. This never happened then due to my Dad’s surgery for prostate cancer. I thought we might never have the opportunity…[Read more]

  • Awesome job tonight Josh. I truly appreciate your friendship and guidance

  • I think this will fill a need for cancer survivors and their caregivers. I see good things in the future.

  • Rick Boulay became a registered member 7 years, 9 months ago