I am hoping by this blog to share with all of you the experiences, joys, trials, and triumphs I have had as both a family and professional caregiver.
As far back as my late teens ( won’t say just how FAR back that was ) I have been helping and caring for seniors in one form or another. My spirit has always been drawn to others, I feel a strong desire to help people. That is what makes caregiving so rewarding for me.
I think my first experience with caregiving was when my then to be mother in law was seriously ill. I remember caring for her so my father in law could go to work. I was 18 at the time. I knew so little about caregiving then, but one thing I did know is that the suffering of others hurt me deeply and fed my desire to help make things better for them in whatever way I could. That desire is even stronger today, as I have seen what an impact my efforts can have on others. There is no greater feeling in the world, than knowing you helped another human being in a deep and meaningful way.
Now many years later I still find great joy in helping others cope with aging, failing health or just life in general. We need each other and being needed is an essential part of what it is to be human.
If you are new to caregiving I applaud you for the steps you are taking to join us on this journey. If you have been on the journey for a long time as I have, I applaud you for your dedication and courage to go the extra mile to help others. It isn’t an easy road to travel, but it is a journey worth making in my opinion.
Please come back often and share this journey with me. I welcome all!
Until Next Time