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In Response to RE: What do you wish you knew WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED CAREGIVING that you know now? by lynnelle
Boy did you hit the nail on the head. I have been a caregiver I guess most of my life. First my mother, then my husband and mother, my mother passed 8 years ago, my husband passed away last year. I've been taking care of my husband for the last 20 years of his life. He had a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 52. I feel so empty sometimes. I don't think I will ever recuperate completely from the feelings I have of what I had to go through to get him the assistance he needed. It was degrading for him and myself. My mother had help from hospice. I had to apply to social service for help to take care of him. I won't ever forget the experience that I had to go through. I feel sorry for anyone that has to go through something like that. I miss my husband dearly, he was such a loving and carling husband and father. I have two sons who are watching out for me, thank God for them. I tell you this from my own experience, life is so very different when you don't have that special someone in your life to share with. Cherrish each and every moment that you have with your loved one. What a blessing it is that we don't know what tomorrow will bring. I'm in the process of picking myself up, dusting myself off and starting all over again.