I thought Nancy’s email was poignant, because so often the person who has a chronic illness ends up in the situation where s/he becomes the cargiver to others in the family. Sometimes it’s a spouse with cancer, other times the caregiver for a child. We can live with illness for twenty years, and suddenly wake up finding ourselves being “the health-IER one” who is the person who has to pick up the pieces of the family when the chaos of illness sets in.
Are you a caregiver, despite being chronically ill? We’d love to hear your comments, feedback, and find out where you receive your support to “keep on keeping on.”
When the Ill Person Becomes the Caregiver
I’m not a blogger and don’t have time to be one, but I wanted to share my story.
I have CFS/ME, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease, Neuropathy, Dysphonia, and Asthma as my primary illnesses that I live with. People now can easily see that I do have a chronic illness because I need surgery on my back again and can’t stand up straight.
The point of what I want to say is that I find myself as caregiver to my husband who has Bipolar Disorder, Early Dementia; and recently he had a pacemaker implanted, surgery to remove cancer from his lung, and now he’s going through chemo.
Additionally, I provide care for a 12-year old grandson when he’s not in school and his parents are at work, which is nearly every day unless he stays with someone else. And I have an elderly dog and three cats. In my spare time, I help “a little” with a support group for people with ME/CFS and Fibro.
To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. I didn’t see anything on your blog about these types of situations although I know there are many of us… particularly young mothers who have chronic illness.
All I can say is that years ago I put my faith in God to see me through every situation that arises that I think I just can’t handle . Well, guess what! I can handle it with “His” help. After a while you feel like you are going in circles and accomplishing nothing. But that’s just the fatigue talking – both mental and physical. But with the Lord’s help we put one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on.
I’d love to see a blog from someonewho is coping with a similar situation, but from a wheel chair. I know they are out there.
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