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Posts by Kayla VanBuskirk

Caregiver, Wife

Kayla received a BS degree in Psychology and a MS degree in Human Development and Family Science. She is married to Nathan, an active duty Marine, who has been battling Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nathan, Kayla, and their toddler have lived in SC, NC, and TX while Nathan has faced chemotherapy, radiation, and a stem cell transplant. Kayla balances raising a family, being Nathan’s caregiver, and working while also recognizing the importance of self-care.

The Power of Faith: Overcoming Feelings of Loneliness and Isolation

by Kayla VanBuskirk August 2, 2023

As I reflect on our experience with cancer, I’m reminded of how isolating that season of my life was. Enter the pandemic that forced us into physical isolation.


Is it up or down from here?

by Kayla VanBuskirk October 12, 2021

Is it up or down from here? Think of a physical rollercoaster for a moment. Now, I will be the first to admit – I am terrified of rollercoasters, and rollercoasters are a trigger for my anxiety, but for this article rollercoasters provide the best analogy. If someone invites me to the fair or amusement […]


Caregivers! Are You Surviving or Thriving?

by Kayla VanBuskirk November 1, 2020

Surviving or thriving?  Caregivers can do BOTH.  Right now, I am often just surviving day to day, but I know I am thriving while being a caregiver to an active duty military member.