Before I had a sick child I had no idea that there was a month dedicated to ‘caregivers’. Indeed November is National Family Caregivers Month. Seriously?!? How did I miss that memo last year? I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a very sad thing that this month is designated for caregivers. Oddly enough, this month I have been focusing on my feelings instead of those of my daughter. I guess this focus is timely as my family struggles to find a new normal.
Oddly enough, last week I met with a friend of mine who is a life coach. My visit with her and with my therapist helped me tremendously as I have struggled to find any sort of normalcy for myself, let alone my child, during this journey. The message I kept hearing was to take the time to identify goals for the entire house to resume some activities that do not revolve around sickness. Yes, our life is full of doctors appointments and MRI’s — and this may be the case for the foreseeable future. But life goes on. This means that it’s time for us to join the living and do what we can when we can.
So, in honor of National Family Caregivers Month thought I would take the time to create a word cloud that expresses the myriad feelings I have on the subject.
I would like to hear how my fellow caregivers are going to address self-care this month and how you feel about caregiving in general.