Marlene has been a member of the Life Raft Group since 2011. Marlene has a long history of volunteerism for which she credits her mother who modeled helping anyone and everyone.
Director of Communications Mary Garland shares these top ten tips for caregivers for this GIST journey.
Caring for a loved one is filled with day-to-day stressors. But what about the stressors that are out of the ordinary? Any hospitalization is stressful. Preparing for the hospital to the extent possible can [...]
Dina Wiley, SoCal Group Leader On August 11, 2018, a group of GISTers in Southern California gathered informally to share knowledge, resources, and personal stories about their journeys with this rare disease. [...]
The loss of a loved one leaves a hole in our lives that cannot be filled. Each individual deals with his or her own grief process in their own way, but all of us share [...]
The Life Raft Group and UCSD hosted a three-day event at University of California, San Diego UCSD-Moores Cancer Center from July 13th through July 15th. A GIST Awareness Day (GAD) event took place on July [...]
According to a 2015 report by the National Alliance of Caregivers, approximately 43.5 million adults in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult or child in 2015. Caregivers come from diverse demographic [...]
Caring for someone suffering from an illness is hard, there’s no other way to put it. Most of the time it gets easier but in the beginning right after a surgery, it can be very emotionally draining and frightening. Caring for someone you love is even more so as there is an emotional connection, a deep desire to alleviate the pain and suffering we see in the eyes of the person whose bedside we are hovering over.