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This Week's Carenote - 01/15/11

Wow! I canít believe there are people out there who are going through the same things I am. I am a caregiver by profession and also trying to help my 73-year-old working mother care for her 80-year-old husband (my step-father), who has heart failure and lung disease. She is incredible. But I worry so much about her. His family does nothing for him, not even visit. Her whole life now is caring for him, and working. I want her to enjoy her senior years. I know it sounds selfish, but I love her so much and I want her to be happy. She acts like she is, but I see through that. I try my best to help her with him, but circumstances from long ago get in the way of my truly caring for him. My sisters have made a decision not to visit my motherís home, or bring their children to her home, because of his past. He has destroyed our family. So itís she and I. I went through a severe episode of depression that I am trying to work through. I plan to return to work in a week, but I'm afraid she will need me more than I can be there for her. I am open for any ideas or suggestions, and feel almost desperate at this point. I am so glad I found this newsletter and all of you. Maybe we can find some way to make it better. I have so much love in my heart and thatís what helps me get out of bed each morning; and knowing God will be there for me.


 

 

 

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