Allison Breininger became a caregiver for her husband in 2011 when he underwent a bone marrow transplant. Since then, she has been by his side through tongue, throat, gum, skin, and bladder cancers. During these years of frequent hospitalizations, treatments, and appointments, Allison noticed that the caregivers she encountered rarely spoke of how challenging it is to be in this role. In response, she launched her website thenegativespace.life. Inspired by the art concept of negative space, defined as the space around and between a subject, her site is dedicated to shining light on caregivers who are often unseen and underappreciated, but are essential components of the patients’ well-being. At thenegativespace.life she writes honestly and openly about the realities of caregiving and by doing so creates a safe community for caregivers to feel seen, heard, and appreciated.


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