May 16, 2022

You Can't Do It Alone: Talking About Caregiver Burnout

Shay Wright became a full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. By asking for help, both Tanner and Shay improved their physical and mental health.

Apr 20, 2022

The Importance of Asking for Help

Whether you are a patient or caregiver, asking for help can be difficult. Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers Amy Horyna, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, and Virginia Wilson, LCSW, OSW-C, provide some tips on how to get comfortable asking for help, what you should ask for, and what other outlets could be available.

Nov 29, 2021

Dealing with Compassion Fatigue One Day at a Time

Shay Wright became full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in 2020 at the age of 25. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. Taking small steps every day, she improved her physical and mental health.

Nov 22, 2021

A Caregiver's Journey to Healing through Art

University of Utah student Griffin Hale created an art installation focused around his mother, who has metastatic breast cancer. “The Caregiver’s Window” remained for just a few days, but the emotional impact may last a lifetime.

Nov 01, 2021

Oncology Nurse Becomes Cancer Caregiver to Her Own Mom

Cassidy Kotobalavu faced cancer on a daily basis while working as a nurse educator at HCI. In 2015, it hit home when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The support she received from HCI staff allowed her to get a rare glimpse at the important roles played in one person’s cancer journey.

Nov 01, 2020

Support for the Caregiver

Being a caregiver for someone with cancer can be stressful, overwhelming, and isolating. Sometimes the only people who can truly understand are those who have been there. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers run a support group dedicated to caregivers. The group offers education and a safe place to talk for anyone who cares for a loved one treated at HCI.

Nov 22, 2019

Caring for Yourself while Caring for a Loved One

Think about the last time you were on an airplane. What do the flight attendants tell you to do if the oxygen masks drop down from overhead? Put your own mask on first. If you don’t make sure you’re getting oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else. This same rule applies to caregivers. It’s important to take care of your own needs before you “run out of oxygen.”

Nov 19, 2019

Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes

Dusty never thought taking his wife, Amber, to urgent care would lead to a cancer diagnosis—an experience that changed his role and their lives.