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Thread: Caring for a loved one

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    It has been almost 10 yrs. since losing my mom to cancer. She was strong and brave as well as feisty. She convinced herself she didn't have cancer for 27 yrs. It worked! She loved to crochet,write peotry, and spend time with family. It is a LARGE family at that!
    Caring for her helped me to realize that caregiving came naturally to me. So it has been my career ever since then. I love what I do and brighten faces that were darkened by sadness!
    If you know of someone facing this challenging task of caring for someone or needing care, please go to ckshouston.com
    Based out of Houston,Tx, but giving consults via e-mail or telephone. We all need a break from even something we love to do!

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    What a wonderful calling. God Bless you.

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    Thank you Joanie Owen! Have a good day!

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    I cared for my mom in my home for 10 years. My only sis lived 800 miles away & both my daughters lived out of state and worked so I had no break. Boy, could I have used you. Mom died April 09 & I still look in her room to check on her every time I walk by!! God bless all caregivers!!

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    I just got home from looking after my mom for 6 weeks... The 1st month I drove her 4 hours round trip to the cancer clinic and back....and after that was done, I would come in every day from the cabin and check on her, get her dressed if I had to and take her where ever she wanted to go.

    Now that I'm home and things have slowed down a bit, I realize just how much I miss my mom (she lives in SK and I live in ON) and how glad I am that I did this!

    I am a nurses kid... I think in someways care giving comes naturally to us!

    Theresa

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    Thank you Polly and Theresa for sharing your moms with us. Take care!

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    I cared for my husband for almost ten years. At times it was hard but he did not spend a single day in a nursing home and I would take him back in any shape just to have another minute with him.

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    You are wonderful martha jo! It is hard, yet very rewarding!

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    My husband has cerebral palsy and is no longer able to do much of anything for himself. I retired from teaching when it became apparent I needed to be available 24/7 instead of just 15/7. As his sole caregiver, I truly appreciate the need to have a break even though you love the person you take care of with all your heart.

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    So true Virginia! Have a great day and remember to do something for yourself!

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    My sister and I had total care of our Mom before she passed. (7 brothers and sils who wouldn't do a thing). We were so mentally and emotionally exhausted from caring for her and nasty family issues that it has taken us a full 2 years to get our lives back on an even keel. Would we do it again? Absolutely! I promised my Dad and her that she would never go to a nursing home and thank God, we were able to keep that promise. We have the comfort of knowing that we did everything we possibly could for her. Our so called brothers are living with their guilt.

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    I hear 'ya Honey!

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    I have just started this journey with my Mom. Another chapter..

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    I love your pic Elly! If you need anything let me know!

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    yep, I helped dad when he was alive, then had mom for 3 yrs, then just finished with my sister who died in March from multiplemyeloma, bone marrow cancer, she was only 60 yrs old. Gave the last 8 yrs of my life for my sister would do it all over again. Have bad health myself, sister cried and said whos gonna help you, Im not gonna be here.. and I said They will be provided when time comes. miss them all and yes it took me good while after each died to get life back on course.

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    You are amazing Betty! Hang in there! If I can help let me know. I have a website ckshouston.com
    Business # is under contact

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    God Bless You...you are a special angel

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    Thank you Catherine! I hope you have a great day!

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