FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Gift of a Lifetime
Last week in this column, I shared a
conversation I had with a friend about male
caregiver suicide. It was a discussion of great
concern to both of us and, as reflected in your
responses - to many of you. All of the
emails that I received were memorable, but none
more so than the following:
Wondered when the subject of suicide would
ever be brought up in the Caregiver Magazine.
It has come full circle for me.
I had planned
on taking my life and my husband's a few years
ago. He with his Parkinson's Disease and
mine being a Caregiver and being very, very
It was Christmas (a few
years ago) and I had decided that if no help
came to me I would take us out of life. I
was going to disconnect the furnace and have the
carbon dioxide come into the house. It
would be quick and there would be no more
sickness in this family.
I prayed to God
to show me the way. The day after that
Christmas I got a Christmas card from a young
man I had been engaged to years and years ago.
I had never forgotten him and always wondered
what happened to him. Long story short.
We were engaged and we both walked away from
each other and had not seen or heard from each
other in over 45 years.
gesture changed my mind and my life. I
will be eternally grateful to God for giving me
an answer to my prayers. Sometimes you
have to be careful what you pray for because you
might get it and it isn't what you want.
This prayer was answered for me.
for being the person you are Gary. You put
out information to us that is valuable to our
A long time newsletter
Thank you for sharing this with us. You
cannot know how many people you helped with your
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