Hearing other caregivers' stories can transform expectations.
One friend asked if I had written a love story.
I did not think so at the outset, but as I re-read my journey journal chapters, they suggested an answer. I found a story of love. A love for My Love, for those who surrounded us, and a love for humanity. It is hard to think of this story without being filled with the love shared with My Love and me by so many people.
I am glad I finally made the decision to
accept the gift of caregiving. I feel honored to know the caregivers I have met, privileged to share a role with those who face situations similar to, and yet unlike, mine. Most of us are riding emotional roller coasters, each day, facing unfamiliar situations. I bow to the caregiver role models in my life. I laud their choice to answer the call. I’d like to believe I might become a better person as a result of knowing such superstar individuals.
Many times shared experiences reduce fears.
While, in some cases, there had to be slight alteration to bring seven years into a five-page chapter, these stories are based on true events. The words shown as conversation are not from a transcript, but from my notes and recall of the core of issues. I smoothed out the confusing time lines we lived. However, the substance of our journey remains true.
I was troubled that many of these events could have happened at all, yet they did. As you read, you, too, may feel exhausted!
Welcome to my world!
Judith Allen Shone
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As a caregiver, if you need a little assistance talking with others about how your new experience FEELS, Click Here or on image and find a 4" x 6" image to print and frame. Many have found this image helped bring understanding where before caregiving was difficult to talk about.