Those diagnosed with serious illness often feel (quite rightly) that their lives have been completely overturned. Caregivers experience very similar emotions. All too often, both the patient and the caregiver are usually quite unprepared for the challenges of managing illness and themselves. Caregivers often assume great additional responsibility for the person who is ill, and for all that goes on daily to keep their family functioning. It’s not that easy to “keep calm and carry on.” We’ll discuss what we can do to manage the challenges (and enjoy the rewards) of finding the proper balance when there is serious illness in the family.
Mirchelle Louis is the CEO of Cancer Support Community North Texas, the premier provider of psycho-social and emotional support for everyone living with cancer. She started at the organization in 2006 and has been responsible for developing the program of support and opening new locations in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin Counties.
Mirchelle is a licensed clinical social worker. Her previous experience includes working with children and families in crisis. She is passionate that no one should have to go through cancer alone, and that there should be a program of support that is accessible to everyone wherever they live in the Metroplex. No one is prepared for a cancer diagnosis—not the patient and not anyone supporting the patient, either.
“I’ve worked with many women, men and children living with cancer over the years, and I know just how devastating cancer can be on everyone in the family. I have also experienced first-hand how lives can be transformed when we get psycho-social and emotional support, and how important providing that support in a warm, caring and even fun environment can be – for everyone impacted by the disease.”
When she is not working, Mirchelle enjoys visiting her children, cooking out, walking, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite ways to relax are reading—just about anything—and watching movies, anything but horror.