NCC19 Presenter: Amanda Clark

Rachel Hiles

NCC19 Presenter: Amanda Clark

Rachel Hiles
Photo: Amanda Clark, National Caregiving onference Presenter“Are you his caregiver?” The nurse asked over the hospital bed. “No, I’m his wife.” It was the first time Amanda Clark heard the “c” word, at 28 years old it was far from any title she’d ever wanted. Amanda’s husband, Joe Clark, had just been diagnosed with colon cancer and their lives and young love were changed forever.

The couple started the blog, Cocktails & Chemo. The name was inspired as their dirty martini dates quickly changed to chemotherapy appointments. The blog became a place where they could share their fears, worries and dark humor about the reality of cancer and caregiving.

Amanda became a widow at 30 and with a baby in her arms she knew she wanted to carry on her husband’s legacy. Cocktails & Chemo, the blog, was turned into a non-profit that supports caregivers. Amanda works tirelessly to change the narrative for caregivers to know they need care too. The organization sends care packages, hosts events and sends big dollar grants to help take the stress off of caregivers sacrificing their lives taking care of the people they love.

“Caring my my husband was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Yet, it was the greatest honor of my life and I’d do it a million times over again," Amanda says.

Join Amanda for her session during our Fourth Annual National Caregiving Conference:

Cocktails & Chemo
Saturday 8 a.m.

Amanda shares her experiences caring for her husband and how that experience inspires her advocacy work today.

We are so very grateful for the support of the following sponsors of our National Caregiving Conference,
especially Embracing Carers™, this year's supporting sponsor:

~ NCC19 AgendaNCC19 Virtual Registration ~ NCC19 In-Person Registration (Chicago) ~
~ Hotel Reservations ~ NCC19 Volunteer Registration ~ Sponsor or Exhibit ~ Testimonials ~ Virtual Caregiving Summit ~