Support group for spouses/partners of women battling Ovarian and GYN cancers.
Although your spouse has cancer, the illness is really happening to both of you. From the moment your loved one was diagnosed with ovarian or GYN cancer, you’ve probably experienced an entire range of emotions. Family members and friends of women with ovarian and GYNs cancer have said that they feel angry, sad, anxious, scared, and lonely. One or more of these feelings may come and go, or you may have all of them at once. They may continue as your loved one goes through treatment and even after treatment has ended. Family members have said that they want and need to do something to help, but they don’t always know what to do or how to do it.
Caregiver Connection is a support group specifically designed for spouses/partners of women battling ovarian and gyn cancers. This group is intended to provide information and answers to help you help your loved one as she adjusts to life after a diagnosis. Caregiver Connection also provides an opportunity to connect and share with others in like situation. This support group is a friendly space for partners to discuss the unique challenges of supporting and caregiving for a partner going through cancer, while also caring for a family
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month to talk about the fears, challenges, and successful coping strategies associated with supporting a partner and family through a cancer diagnosis.
Mark Driskill is the Lead Clinician with Collat Jewish Family Services. Mark’s background is in counseling and social work. He has worked in these fields in the Birmingham area for the past 18 years. A graduate of The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work, he has worked for UAB and Bradford Health Services as well as having had a private practice in counseling. Mark hopes his work with the Caregiver Connection will help partners find ways to manage the stress they experience and the anxiety they feel while helping spouse manage their cancer diagnosis.
Caregiver Connection will:
- Reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
- Help learn new ways of coping
- Increase feelings of hope and empowerment
- Provide practical information about treatment and resources
- Help communicate better with your loved ones
About Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation
The mission of the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and to increase awareness about the risks, symptoms, and treatments of this disease. Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation also donates care packages to women undergoing chemotherapy and serves as an information service for individuals who are seeking information regarding ovarian cancer, its signs, and symptoms.
The Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation is a 501-(C)(3) nonprofit organization started in January of 2004 by Lori Livingston who lost her mother, Norma Livingston to ovarian cancer. Since its founding in 2004, and through the sale of the Driving Out Ovarian Cancer car tag, NLOCF has donated over $1.8 million to ovarian cancer research.
Our hope is that Norma Livingston’s death will make a difference in other women’s lives.