Caregiver You Are Not Alone: Beth’s Story

Be Careful What You Pray For

Being a caregiver is more difficult than one can imagine until it becomes the focus of your life. For many, it entails a commit of years and no matter how hard you try you are unable to alter the outcome.

During my years as a caregiver for my father-in-law, Rodger. I cried a lot. Sometimes I got angry, often I was weighed down with guilt. Many times I turned to prayer. Did I receive instant answers or did a miracle occur? No. But there were occasions when help appeared when I needed it most. What it took me along time to discover is that it’s very important to be specific in what you pray for. Many people pray for strength when what they really need is assistance. Others may pray for patience when they really need an answer now.

Beth doesn’t realize she is already as string as she will ever need to be and asking for added strength will only add to her burden.

When Becoming a Caregiver Comes Sooner Than Expected – Julie’s Story

Dementia isn’t a disease that hits all at once. It is progressive and often goes undetected in the very early stages.  People adapt to small changes in memory or believe it is simply another sign of aging. Often, someone is embarrassed to tell friends and family they have a problem until it is impossible to ignore, leading to the need for difficult choices to be made on behalf of all involved.  Julie knew she would be there should one of her parent’s need help. She didn’t know how soon it would be her reality or how deeply it would affect her.