10. November 2014 17:37
Cenetta J. Lee
FOR NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH
HONOR YOUR SPECIAL FAMILY CAREGIVER, TOO
In celebration of National Family Caregiver Month, I wish to honor my first grade-school friend by briefly sharing her story of walking the family caregiver experience. For approximately twelve years, she cared for her mother who suffered a massive stroke leaving her left side paralyzed. After her mother spends months in intensive care, she goes home, and life for the family significantly changes.
The first day of my girl friend’s early retirement, she begins the around the clock care of her mother because mom can’t perform her ADLs (Activities for Daily Living) tasks. My dear friend establishes a daily routine to care for her mother with the relief of her father, sister and son, when possible.
My friend says she learned many lessons during this time. According to her, “Nobody would take care of my mother like me. Living a high-strung life with many things to do, this experience made me humble and appreciative of the small things in life. I mellowed and found contentment in serving my mother. It made me a better person and I began to understand and experience peace and gratitude. This isn’t the way I planned to spend my initial retirement but I am happy I was willing and available to care for my loving mother.”
Thank you DDH for walking the family caregiver path.
Do you know someone who is walking or walked a similar path? Honor them for their service to someone needing help after a life-changing experience by briefly sharing a few words about your friend or family member. Just use their initials, please.
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