We All Learn in Different Ways

(And We'd Like to Help You Out!)

differentDifferent Ways to Learn

The professor of educational psychology class at a university intoned, “We only learn by practicing—by actually doing something.” I shook my head in disbelief.

differentI raised my hand (I can’t keep my opinions to myself, sometimes). “So, you’re telling me that if I drove down the road, and see the vehicle in front of me bottom out in a pothole, I don’t have a different choice? I will have to go through the same pothole in order to learn that going through potholes could damage my car?”

“Hrrrum,” the professor replied. “What would you do in this situation?”

“Something different!” I exclaimed. “As a rational, thinking, relatively observant human being, I would swerve to avoid the pothole.”

“Um, yes,” he replied. “Good choice for your car. But we’re talking about the psychology of learning.”

“Agreed. But if I observe someone else making a mistake, and make a different choice with a better result, did learning take place?” Obviously, the professor (a young man in graduate school), had no siblings. Every second or third child understands the benefit of learning from the oldest sibling’s mistakes!

Our Gift to You

Carol Bovee and I have had some crazy experiences during our different cancer caregiving journeys. We’ve gone through some potholes along the way that damaged us because we didn’t take time to care for ourselves.

We’ve prepared a free book for you to help you negotiate your own caregiver journey (or tell a caregiver friend about the book!). Learn from our mistakes, without having to make them. We want you to experience a different journey—one where you come out the other end with fewer bumps and dings.

You can find the link to the free book up there in the right-hand corner. You’ll receive a free PDF of Cancer Caregiving 101: How to Survive and Thrive on Your Caregiver Journey. You’ll also receive a short series of emails that let you know about other aspects of our caregiving community.

Even if you don’t care for someone with cancer, you might find the stories inspirational and helpful in your own caregiving journey. Remember, if you know a caregiver, please pass this information along. We’d love to help others learn from our mistakes!

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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a 'recovering cancer caregiver' who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Good for you that you spoke up and disagreed. Some of the most important lessons of my life have come to me through watching the mistakes of others.
    Blessings to you both as you share your wisdom through your new book.

    • I agree! I would HATE to repeat the mistakes I have seen others make, that’s for sure!

  • Laura Melchor

    Wow! So cool that you put together this resource. Thank you! (P.S. I can totally see you speaking up like that in the class. 😉 )

    • Thank you :)! (and yes, I can’t keep my mouth closed some times!)

  • I am so grateful we can learn and avoid some mistakes in life. Grateful you both share your wisdom and experiences through your new book. I know it will be a blessing to many!

    • Thank you, Joanne!

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  • That professor’s statement is so bizarre! I’m glad you shared what you did. I, too, have learned much from the mistakes of others. Thanks also for sharing your and Carol’s wisdom gained from your caregiving journeys.

    • Sometimes academics get in the way of real learning ;).

  • What a blessing you are to share your experiences with others in this way, Anita and Carol! May God return the blessings to you tenfold.

  • Carol Emmert

    I am thankful we can learn from other’s mistakes. I already make enough of my own, better I can learn some of those lessons second-hand 🙂

  • Donne

    You’re welcome. Glad I could help out somehow. 🙂

    • Bahaha! That’s what older siblings are for–to blaze the trail and open our ‘learning eyes.’