Archive for September, 2016

Being a Young Caregiver

Me in Hawaii at the top of a volcano.  Freedom.

While all caregiving has its commonalities, being a young caregiver definitely has its own unique challenges.  Being thrust into a caregiver role at a younger age, when my mom at the age of 57 had a debilitating stroke, I was faced with all the “common” caregiver challenges but at a time in my life when it was least expected and with absolutely no warning.  I immediately left my career, my home, my friends to move back home (2,000 miles away) to do everything that was humanly and sometimes inhumanly possible to help my mom.  I did this on instinct, and most people will say “well you do what you have to and I would do the same”; but as any caregiver knows this simple isn’t true.  Not everyone would do this. And really I don’t think you know what you will do until you are faced with it.  I myself had no idea how I would handle a sitation like this until it happened to me.  Being a caregiver, especially at a young age, is a huge sacrifice.  I don’t regret it, but sometimes I can’t help but feel that I am missing out on some of the best years of my life. (more…)


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