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Stories are wonderful things. And these stories are even better, because they’re from the heart. Real people who have had to summon the courage to get through some of their own life’s adversities, survive and then share their intimate stories with the Carers Couch community.
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    Did you know? Liaison Officer @RoyalMelbourneHospital! - Brainlink offers a hospital program which works to provide support for families whose loved one are in the care of the hospital. Liaison officers speak with the family in an open, thoughtful and understanding manner, discussing the prognosis, resources available and explaining what they may expect. In addition, they touch base with the families several READ ON
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    “Never Ever Let The Medical profession Steal Your Hope” - "Never Ever Let The Medical profession Steal Your Hope" Kaylene and Philip offer some insightful advice on caring. Never let the medical profession steal your hope, as it is hope that will drive enormous, positive energy throughout your very core. It is absolutely critical to question and clarifies everything; ask as many questions as you READ ON
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    “Never give up if you think something is wrong”! - "Never give up if you think something is wrong"! Philip divulges that he felt certain something was wrong for the past several years, although he was unable to get a diagnosis, despite seeing multiple doctors. His advice? Never give up if you think something is wrong! Keep seeking advice and seeing different doctors – don’t READ ON
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    Cancer Diagnosis After Honeymoon Getaway!! - Cancer Diagnosis After Honeymoon Getaway!! Meet Philip and Kaylene, a truly remarkable couple, who together, have an amazing story to tell of their survival journey. Philips sudden diagnosis of stomach cancer 25 years ago was a complete shock; however, they collectively decided to battle the illness with everything they had. Many years later, as much READ ON
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    Lung Cancer Patient Story - Lung Cancer Patient Story - Carers Couch's Ambassador & Inspiration My name is Anoula and I have cancer. I was pregnant when I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive lung cancer. I was told it had spread to my lymphs and was inoperable. Any treatment would be trial and error. I am also READ ON
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    Cancer Diagnosis? Hospital Nightmares! – Confession of a Carer - During this part of Martina’s discussion with Sharan, it is emphasised how much time is spent on seemingly simple tasks in the day-to-day life of a carer. Sharan describes that all personal thoughts and feelings must be put aside in the quest for helping our loved ones in their battle. Emotionally demanding questions must be READ ON
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    Palliative Care – “NO ONE TOLD US” - Palliative Care - "NO ONE TOLD US" Watching a loved one’s illness slide into the point of no return is a frightening and confusing experience, especially when palliation is put on the table. Khoa shares his intensely personal experience of his Dad’s health declined into palliative care and beyond. RELATED STORIES VIEW MORE
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    Palliative Care “Keep a positive mind” - Palliative Care "Keep a positive mind" Khoa knows first hand how vital it is to stay positive whilst carrying the heavy load of care. He poignantly tells how opposing emotions can coexist at end-stage, the importance of living a “good life” after our loved one passes, how he held up his physical, mental and emotional READ ON
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    Understanding Palliation – The Legal Challenges - Understanding Palliation - The Legal Challenges What is Palliation all about? It can be a confronting and confusing reality which is frequently misunderstood by carers and family; the drugs, the treatment, the battles with doctors and health staff. Hear from Khoa as he shares his deeply personal experience of trying to understand his Dad’s palliation. READ ON
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    Palliative Care – “No second chances” - Palliative Care - "No second chances" “Guys Cry”... Khoa challenges the gender stereotypes of how carers should react to the emotional side of caring, and hits hard on the importance of being real, regrets and the realities of the emotional rollercoaster ride that is caring. His key takeaway... don’t regret anything. RELATED STORIES VIEW MORE
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    Palliative Care – Behind Hospital Walls - Palliative Care - Behind Hospital Walls Effective communication between members of the family, hospital staff, health care professionals and other members of the carer team can be a minefield. Khoa talks about his sadness at being left out of the loop at during such a crucial time in his Dad’s life and calls for the READ ON
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    IMPORTANT! TO DO LIST before your loved one passes! - IMPORTANT! TO DO LIST before your loved one passes! How do you avoid the challenges of emotional bombardment and overwhelm that can often accompany the decision to palliate a loved one? Khoa says “take a step back” and think forward... here he offers valuable advice gleaned during his experience of the daily challenges of palliation. READ ON