The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication.” What an appropriate time to reflect on this passing year and the dedication that 15 million caregivers in the United States selflessly show to their husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and friends who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
I believe that there is power in the spoken word. In my daily self-pep-talks I repeat: I am strong. I can do this. I made it through today, I can make it through tomorrow. This too shall pass. My God is bigger than this problem!
Dr. Tam Cummings explains what Compassion Fatigue is and offers a simple test where caregivers can see if they might be showing signs of this common but rarely spoken about medical condition.
We shouldn’t assume that because someone has lost their ability to remember, think, reason and speak, that they are incapable of connecting to a spiritual reality above and beyond what we ourselves can see. – Tony Janicki
It took me a long time to let go of the illusion that I was in control. God was gracious and patient with me, waiting until I came to the end of my own resources. My faith was bigger than my mother’s illness. – Ann Campanella
Life as a caregiver can often feel like no life at all. In essence, you are sacrificing your own life to care for someone else. If you feel like you are making enormous sacrifices, you’re doing something right.
There’s no getting around it. Caring for another person is hard work. It wasn’t easy but it was what she needed. And it was what I needed to do for her. – Guest contributor Ann Campanella shares part two of Lessons From My Mother