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for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible
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Name: CHERYL LEWARK
Location: DENVER, COLORADO
Time: 06:47 AM
I have been a caregiver for the elderly for several years. The rewards are many. Being part of the last days of their life is so special. Learning about their lives from child hood thru the present time gives me the opportunity to show them how important they are and have been in this world. Being kind, compassionate, understanding, and caring gives me the opportunity to give them value to the end of their time.
Name: Joan Lyons
Location: Miami, FL
Time: 07:30 AM
The most rewarding aspect of caregiving my 89 year-old mother with Alzheimer for the past 10 months is the blessing of wonderful people assisting me. From my neighbors, faith community, and friends to the professionals such as Fearless Caregiver Conferences and medical assistance, I have been able to turn this most difficult time into a positive personal transformation. I thank you for your support and encouragement. Peace and blessings to you and your staff. Joan
Name: Myrtle Jones
Time: 11:49 AM
I took care of my mother the last eight years she lived. I gained as much if not more than
I gave. In 1999 my husband developed lung cancer. I took care of him until he was better and still
I was his mainstay. Meanwhile my niece developed colon cancer in Feb 2002 and I took care of her and my brother-in-law and husband .
She passed away in Nov.2002. and my brother-in-law passed on Dec 8 2002. My husband died in 2003 with massive heart attack. In 2006 my sister was diagnosed with brain tumor. I took care of her and her crippled husband from June 2006 until she passed in July 2007. I didn't do it alone. Hospice was great but they needed family. God has truly blessed me with good health. I am 70 years old but
I still think I have much more to give.
Name: Jean Thieme
Location: Port Orchard, Washington
Time: 11:49 AM
I am a caregiver for my husband, who has a business, but has MS and uses a walker. He has limited use of his left hand.
What I find most rewarding are the times I really feel I am helping him, and I can actually see that.
He can be very cranky, but the times he appreciates me, and doesn't resent me, are very rewarding.