Caregivers, Cancer & KaleidoscopeDE Conference

4 years ago, we lost my mother-in-law Adelaide Elizabeth Blake who succumbed to colon cancer on August 31, 2013.



Hubby was a caregiver to her for about a year before she passed and I saw the toll that it took on him.  Caregiving can be both rewarding and challenging but most importantly, caregivers should remember to take care of themselves while providing care for the person with cancer.

9 times out of 10, caregivers are often family members or friends who provide important physical, practical, and emotional support to a person with cancer. Caregivers may have a range of responsibilities on a daily or as-needed basis. Below are just a few of the responsibilities caregivers may take on:


  • Providing support and encouragement

  • Giving medications;

  • Helping manage symptoms and side effects

  • Coordinating medical appointments

  • Providing a ride to appointments

  • Assisting with meals

  • Helping with household chores

  • Handling insurance and billing issues


Many caregivers live in the home of a cancer patient others care from a distance which was the case with my husband as he shared duties with Adelaide’s sister Alda who moved up from Maryland.  


Fortunately, there are now programs in which caregivers can be provided financial assistance when caring for a loved one which helps tremendously. Thanks to innovations in Medicaid and the Department of Veterans Affairs, older adults and people with disabilities are designing their own in-home care programs and hiring family members (and, in rare cases, spouses).


There’s still a long way to go to meet the needs of all families but for more information, check out the website.  


On Sunday’s Podcast, I interviewed Nicolle Surratte, founder of the KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference and Dr. Dee Grace, who works tirelessly on conquering and preventing cancer using a holistic approach.  We talked about how stress can have a major impact on the caregivers and also how it plays a role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.  


Click the link to hear the entire Podcast.



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Cocktails and Comedy Show Recap

On Saturday, June 3rd, we hosted the 2nd Annual Cocktails & Comedy Show at The Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware.  The Cocktails and Comedy Show is a fundraiser for the KalediscopeDE Cancer Conference.



This year’s KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference is being held on September 23rd and 24th at the Embassy Suites in Newark, DE.  “Kaleidoscope: Empowering Survivors ~ Mind, Body and Spirit” is also in its 2nd year and was created by Nicolle Surratte, a cancer “thriver”.

If you read my blog post last year, then you would know that this fundraiser is in support of a wonderful event for women living with all types of cancer.  Although the show is entitled “Cocktails and Comedy” there was no alcoholic beverages served.  


“Cocktails” are actually how the chemo drugs are referred to because they are mixed and served on site at the cancer treatment centers.


As we all know, cancer is no laughing matter, but humor is healing and healthy and Nicolle and I discussed this topic during my Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger Podcast on May 21st.



The show this year was hilarious and it was once again hosted by the very talented and funny lady, Belynda Cleare.    




Belynda Cleare


Donna Ottena, a cancer survivor brought her funny game as did Dee Shaw and Brandon Jackson a young and very talented comedian as well as a recent graduate from the University of Delaware.

 Donna Ottenna


Brandon JacksonDee Shaw

Back by popular demand, Miss Gayle closed the show with her very funny southern style stories and childhood situations with “switches”.

Miss Gayle


All in all, it was a wonderful evening filled with smiles and laughter and who these days can’t do with some laughing?  Hubby, also a cancer thriver and I had a wonderful evening.




Don’t forget to mark your calendars for September 23-24, for the 2nd Annual KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference as it is going to be a weekend filled with a lot of information, education, and fun!  


If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor, please send an email to me at ablake48 at Gmail dot com.



For more information, please head over to and to see more pictures head over to my Instagram page.


Let’s Chat:  do you enjoy Comedy Shows?

Cocktails and Comedy Show FREE Ticket Giveaway







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Hello Delaware friends, family and followers, I am offering a FREE ticket to this Saturday’s Cocktails and Comedy Show, a kickoff fundraiser for the KalediscopeDE Cancer Conference.  


The only requirement as an entry for your chance of winning the ticket is to check out the redesign of my blog then read and comment on at least three of the posts.  


Tickets are Available At Eventbrite

The winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, June 2nd at 5:00 PM, and the ticket will be held at Will Call at The Delaware Theatre Company located at 200 Water Street, Wilmington, DE.  For more information about the Cocktails and Comedy Show please head over to

Thank you and good luck to all the entrants, I hope to see you at the show!