When I first started this blog I had a dream just to be heard. I had become severely depressed due to all the changes that were going on in my life. I was diagnosed with Felty’s Syndrome in 2011. My husband and I left our home state of 42 years so I could have better health insurance. We left the day after I was released from a month in the hospital to a one bedroom apartment that I had rented online sight unseen. We sold almost everything we owned to move 400 miles away just to keep me alive.
The only good points, at the time, were moving closer to my youngest brother and his family. My husband’s new job and bringing mom with us (my daughter and son in law followed shortly after). After two years, it was decided in September 2013 that it was no longer safe for mom to be on her own and she moved in with us. As I’ve said in earlier posts it was a nightmare. You can read about it here.
With this blog I have gotten better. We have all gotten better. I am no longer depressed. I don’t feel the constant isolation and I have learned so much that I now feel much more confident as a caregiver. Don’t get me wrong we still have bad days, but there isn’t the feeling of hopelessness that I had before. I am not grieving for all we are losing. Instead, I am focusing on all the good times yet to be had.
My next dream is to have a place where all of those caregivers, Alzheimer sufferers, and Rheumatoid patients have a place to tell their stories. Everybody has a story and I believe healing comes from sharing. Since this began I have heard from so many people with beautiful stories about a loved one with Alzheimer’s or someone with Rheumatoid disease. I’m going to divide it up into sections. I would like to eventually have one post a week of someone else’s story. Include a picture of a loved one you miss or perhaps you are a caregiver like me and just want to tell your experiences. I would really love to hear from you. Please submit your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope that you will share your stories with all of us!
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The Caregiver’s Corner just click the link right HERE and request to join!