Being a Caregiver: The Unsung Heroes of Cancer

Katie Couric

Katie Couric had a career and two young girls to raise when her husband, Jay, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2001.

In a recent interview with CURE®, she spoke about the challenges she faced as she cared for her late husband while still taking care of her daughters’ needs during their family’s unfortunate circumstances.

“Every day was a challenge,” said Couric. “I always felt like I had a vice around my heart every single day and it started to affect me physically.” She began suffering from back pain, insomnia and situational depression.

“The positive, if there is one, is that your sense of being present is heightened, said Couric. “Every moment seems so important. You almost form a mental snapshot in your mind when you spend your days together…everything seems to take on more importance and more significance, which I think is a good message for all of us when we’re not sick.”
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