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I Am a Caregiver

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    The Perfect Fit. - I am a caregiver, or as the agency I work with calls it, a support person. Our organization uses a person-centered approach to make the people we work with feel...
    Astroluxgal Astroluxgal 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2013

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    I Am a Caregiver - I am a caregiver to my elderly grandparents. My grandmother is 91 and my grandfather will be 84 in July. My grandmother has COPD and my grandfather is slow...
    deadredhead deadredhead 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2007

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    Caring For Grandma... Dad Is Interfering - HI All, I have been looking for someone/something/someplace to be able to share and connect with others. So 2 months ago my Grandma had a...
    phishprincess phishprincess 26-30, F 9 Responses Jul 21, 2010

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    It Can Be Draining - i have worked in a mental health facility for 14 yrs and, although it can be rewarding, it can also take a toll on you as well. couple that with looking after...
    jerrica jerrica 41-45, F 20 Responses Oct 29, 2008

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    CARING For Someone We Love. - My name is Isabel from Melbourne, Australia. The insperation  why I build my site is my husband John. I am new at doing this, but as I learn...
    iamfairy iamfairy 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 14, 2007

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    My Wife's Grandmother. - A little less than three years ago my wife and I moved into her grandmothers home to help her out with day to day stuff and help keep the house from...
    billyinvt billyinvt 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 1, 2007

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    Funny Things People Say To Caregivers - Whenever I write or talk about this, people get very serious, and try to lecture me.  All I'm trying to do is have a laugh.  I really am...
    BlueSam BlueSam 51-55 5 Responses Sep 29, 2011

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    It Feels Like An Alien Abduction - When I arrived home from my job as a social worker in a small city on July 17th, fourteen days before our first wedding anniversary, I was...
    mamapolo mamapolo 56-60, F 4 Responses Sep 4, 2008

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    I Want to Detatch From My Alcoholic Daughter - I am a caregiver, it's how I earn my paycheck, been in corporate america for 25 years but times have changed and I found a job doing...
    caretoomuch caretoomuch 56-60, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2008

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    Since 2011, I've been taking care of my grandmother. For the first year, it looked as though she wasn't going to make it for very long. Now, she's just a few weeks shy of turning 9...
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M Mar 24

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    I guess this is a crisis post. I'm at the point of being so confused and overwhelmed by a situation which I have so little control over that this feels like the only way I can get...
    caringforcaregivers caringforcaregivers 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    Im My Older Sisters Caregiver. - Her name is mandy she's 24 and im 20. She was in an accident in 2005 that left her with permanent brain damage and some physical damage too. She...
    MissMickles MissMickles 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 16, 2009

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    Doing My Duty - My parents, both in their 60's, are nearing the end of their life. My mother suffers from dementia and my father has emphysema and COPD. I am starting to wonder if...
    carodwen carodwen 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    Empty Tank - Hi - I'll be brief. April 1 (ha ha), 2004, my husband called my office where I was supremely happy and we had just relocated to plan our retirement in 10 years. From...
    abff0890 abff0890 56-60 5 Responses Jan 20, 2011

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    I have been coping with my grandmother having lung cancer for three years now. This past year has been the hardest yet. And on top of that my other grandmother has dementia...
    Angelmarie14 Angelmarie14 18-21, F Dec 9, 2013

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    Caring For Husband With Terminal Cancer - Scott is my husband of 10 years and he was diagnosed with stage 4 Nasopharyngeal cancer - probably from smoking and drinking - in December...
    darra1960 darra1960 46-50 3 Responses Apr 27, 2011

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    Single Mom and Caregiver to My Mom - Hello... I'm both...a single mom and a caregiver for my mom. Anyone else? Kirsty
    IrishDancinMum IrishDancinMum 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2007

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    Lines You Wont Cross - being a caregiver is tricky...its a wonderful personality trait to have but it can get tricky...because we can care for others...but it is only good and...
    wickedlittlepixie wickedlittlepixie 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    Caregiver Bathing Aid Tips For Osteoporosis Safe Bathing - Many elderly people want to live independently as much as possible, without the worry of the barriers in living that...
    ellasbath ellasbath 66-70, F Nov 5, 2009

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    One Day At A Time... - My mother, 77, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I relocated to be with her and be her full time caregiver. With both daughters grown and on their own...
    odaat3 odaat3 51-55, F Oct 7, 2012

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    Falling In Love With 3 People - I am currently in a relationship with the most beautiful person I think has ever been placed on this Earth. He has epilepsy, Dissociative Identity...
    Waiting4Zion Waiting4Zion 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2012

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    Can Anyone Help? - Skyler is also known as my sunshine. Skyler is 9 1/2 yrs old and has Asperger Syndrome which is on the lower end of the Autism spectrum. Along with Asperger's...
    angelzevil angelzevil 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 19, 2010

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    A Role No One Chooses - I was only acquainted with but did not know the neighborhood man everyone called Todd, a senior citizen who I noticed was the target of cruel comments by...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 7 Responses May 13, 2012

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    One Shoe - I found Dad sitting on the edge of his bed this morning, one shoe off, one shoe on, staring down at the floor. That image will stay with me forever. In many ways it's...
    Harley53 Harley53 56-60, F Jul 2, 2010

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    Certified Cena - I have been a certified Nurse Aide for about 2 years now, this is the best work I have ever done! I absolutely love working in this field, especially elderly care...
    Mystic44 Mystic44 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    A Role No One Chooses, Part 3 - Due undoubtedly to my background in journalism, I have a respect for the power and potential of the written word. It can be cathartic, giving voice...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    Unexpected Sorrow - I am my daugters care giver. My daughter is 27 years old she has systemic lupus.   My daughter was dx with Lupus when she was 12 years old. But as a...
    nascency365 nascency365 51-55 1 Response Mar 19, 2010

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    Caring For Both Of My Parents Who Have Advanced Cancer - This has been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Both of my parents were diagnosed with lung cancer two weeks...
    mistydew mistydew 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 24, 2010

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    It Makes Me Feel Good - I am a long term caregiver for a few people and I am a respite caregiver for a few people. I really do like me job.It makes me feel good to help people. Not...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40 1 Response Aug 17, 2013

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    What The Heck? - I spent my entire life as a caregiver.  First for my siblings, to make up for brutal sadistic parents.  Then came single parenthood.  Worked 35yrs as a nurse...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 12, 2011

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    About My Sister - My sister was diagnosed with a tumour on her brain. Files were lost, pushed around, etc., and finally 3 months later, she was scheduled for surgical removal of...
    ceema ceema 46-50, F Sep 18, 2011

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    The Old Bat - I am the caregiver for my man's 87 year old mother.  I used to be an over the road truck driver, and my man drives also. When I lost my job a year ago, we decided...
    sugarmagnolia71743 sugarmagnolia71743 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 22, 2011

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    Caregiver For Cancer - I've become a caregiver. If someone was taking applications for caregiver I'd never get the job.  After 26 months of on the job experience I still don...
    sladen sladen 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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    I Am An Exhausted Caregiver - I am a caregiver/support staff to 4 clients in a group home but usually care for only one of them... A very disturbed young lady with a wide array of...
    cherrypoop cherrypoop 22-25 2 Responses Nov 7, 2011

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    Stage 4 Lung Cancer -   The CareGiver He was my best friend and he had no family after his brother was found dead from a boat accident. He had always been there for me...
    magicwolf magicwolf 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2009

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    Serenity Amidst Calamity - About 2 months ago I was told my sister whose body is 53 but she is 5, 6 or 7 emotionally, had stage 4 rectal cancer which involves her liver and more...
    samstarr samstarr 61-65, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2007

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    It Has Only Gotten Worse And Will Get Even More Worse..... - For the last two months I have been in and out of hospitals with my mom. Last month she has an episode in her sleep...
    carodwen carodwen 31-35, F 1 Response May 28, 2013

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    Caring For Grandma... I Put Dad In His Place...part 2 - This is part two of my first post. So it has been a few months since all this drama went down. Things have finally settled...
    phishprincess phishprincess 26-30, F Sep 23, 2010

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    It Get's Stressful - I Take Care of My Grandfather Whom is 73 Years old. He has diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Rhenal Failure. I Have been Caring For him For A long time...
    CountryAngel CountryAngel 18-21 1 Response Oct 10, 2008

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    Always Have Been - I help others in part to hide from my own issues. I think my friend "denial" plays a big part in it. Don't get me wrong, I have a huge heart that...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 1, 2007

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    I Did Something Nice For A Client Yesturday. - My story begins on looking for a tv for a client of mine. He is in his 60's and it is hard for him to get around during the winter...
    amksmithline amksmithline 46-50, F Feb 12, 2011

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    I Am Grateful For Another Day - My husband is disabled, we just got home from the E.R. He's feeling better but the DR can't seem to find a cause for his illness. He's been sick for...
    cbrezrunner cbrezrunner 51-55, F 4 Responses Dec 24, 2009

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    I Was, When I Was Alive. ... - I was, when I was alive. Since my death, I put the caregiving on hold.
    numisiro numisiro 36-40, M Jul 9, 2008

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    A Role No One Chooses, Part 2 - Todd is the mildly retarded senior citizen diagnosed with Stage IV congestive heart failure with a life expectancy of one to two years and for whom...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 3 Responses Jun 17, 2012

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    My Autistic Brother - My name is Shaina and I am 22 years old. My 17 year old brother has autism and I am his personal care assistant. I love my brother and would do anything for...
    Shaina88meow Shaina88meow 22-25 Sep 26, 2010

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    Single Mom to Special Needs Child and Caregiver - Hello.. I find myself part of the "sandwich generation". I'm a single mom to my 9 year old who is a special needs...
    IrishDancinMum IrishDancinMum 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 7, 2007

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    I Take Care Of 5 Different People By Myself - I am a caregiver for paranoid schizophrenics, I take care of five at a time, I am the only one on shift. I stay over for two nights...
    SammiBee23 SammiBee23 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    I am no the person to give advice on anyone who can't decide what to do with their lives, I can only tell you the mistakes I made so that you can avoid making them and throwing...
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