Since I am able to manage my Parkinson’s Disease well with my meds – I haven’t given much thought to the caregivers who devote their lives to assisting their family members and loved ones. Today that changed.
Once sleep was so elusive for me, but lately it’s been more regular. The stormy front moved through last night about 3AM and it awakened me. Rather than eating ice cream in the middle of the night, I decided to read some blogs. I found a poignant and rather sad blog from a caregiver named Peter T. He is caring for his wife and she has PD and dementia. My heart hurt when I read portions of his blog. Please take a few minutes and read some of Peter’s entries: http://thecaregivercalling.com/
Caregiving is a thankless place to be. The caregiver makes so many sacrifices – on so many levels – and does not expect anything in return. This type of courage and self-sacrifice is evident in Peter T. He is devoted to his wife, Mary Ann, and cares for her physically, emotionally and medically. His persistence and ability to laugh in the face of some very sad times caused me to pause and think.
When I am at the stage of PD where Mary Ann is now – will my family be able to face my disease with the courage and honesty I see now in Peter T? I hope so.
For all of you caregivers who sacrifice so much for those you love, God bless you. I am lifting you up in my prayers this morning.
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