Honoring Co-Survivors This National Family Caregivers Month

By: Marlene Krobatsch, Fall 2018 Mission Communications Intern

Every National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the family members, friends, co-workers and spouses for being a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on for someone who is battling breast cancer. Anyone who is there to lend support from diagnosis through treatment and beyond is considered a co-survivor. Many different co-survivors may enter the survivor’s life over time, lending support in a variety of ways.

The moment when someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, their lives change, and so do the lives of everyone around them. Co-survivors play a very important role in the lives of those diagnosed with breast cancer. Loved ones provide emotional support by finding the latest news on breast cancer, driving to and from doctor appointments, cooking, cleaning, and so much more.

As a co-survivor, the best way to be a wonderful caregiver to a loved one is by making sure to take care of yourself. Susan G. Komen created a co-survivor message board for caregivers to connect with others facing this journey with a loved one.

It’s not always easy to know what to do or say when a loved one gets diagnosed with cancer; but co-survivors are the people who stand side-by-side with their loved one, together facing everything that comes along with the breast cancer journey.


No one ever fights their battle alone. For more information and resources on how you can help a loved one fight breast cancer, visit our website at komencsnj.org.