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Caregivers Need Care Too

By Heather J. Davis

I am brought back to a memory so very long ago.
You loved me and I loved you; thatís all we needed to know!
We were ready for our new life
Could storm through any kind of weather.
As long as we had each other,
We would always stay together!
ďFor better or worse,Ē ďIn sickness and in healthĒ
Were promises we thought weíd understand.
But life threw a curve ball and showed us
That nothing ever goes as planned.
One day, something happened which caused us much grief.
Life interrupted, stole your health like a thief!
On came your disease
Which I could not understand.
I was frightened quite often
But I entrusted you in Godís hand.
I donít want to treat you with pity.
Acting as if you were my child.
I just donít know where to draw the line.
This disease is so dang wild!
Not to sound selfish, but Iím a person too!
Very few know all that caregivers must do!
People canít see our pain because we hide it well.
If theyíd stop and ask us questions,
Oh!  The stories we could tell!
I know you canít understand whatís going on,
This disease is a killer, no doubt!
But weíre all strong together,
And thatís what love is about!
So please donít forget about me, the frightened caregiver at best.
Weíll keep our faith in each other, and in God, weíll safely rest.
I donít care what you can or cannot do.
The purpose of this poem is to say that I love you!
Those vows were not for nothing.
I meant each word I said.
No matter what might happen,
We will still be lovingly wed.
This disease doesnít make you any less of a person.
Just changes the style of your life.
Remember that youíll  always be my husband,
And Iíll always be your wife!





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