The term family caregiver or caregiver has become common in our culture over the last decade. A caregiver is anyone who provides physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or logistical support to a loved one with a chronic, disabling or life-threatening illness.
Many people in this situation do not immediately identify with the term “caregiver.” You may not believe that it fits you, especially if you feel that you’re “just doing what I’m supposed to do.” You may even believe that drawing attention to your own needs will somehow detract from the efforts to help your loved one. Being a caregiver is, however, an important role to recognize. It allows you to be an active participant and essential team member in the fight against your friend or loved one's cancer.