At 27 years old, I got first hand experience in what family caregivers go through. I heeded the call to help my father recover after intensive surgery. It was scary. I was unsure of what to do. The medical team assigned to help my dad provided us with only the most basic generic advice. I learned more about what to do on YouTube than from the hospital!
The emotional strength it took to care for my dad changed my perspective entirely. I am extremely grateful for my father and he has been a tremendous influence in my life. He instilled the importance of respect, especially for your elders and yourself, the importance of passing down traditions, and the importance of leaving a legacy for the future. It is my deepest hope that I can preserve and rejuvenate some of the traditional values of compassion, understanding, patience, hope, and togetherness. I wish to inspire other caregivers to ask questions, do the research and seek support – not just from their doctors (who don’t have all the answers) but also from other family caregivers and professional care experts.
While advances in medicine and health care have had a major impact on our well-being as a population, families continue to struggle with how to best help their loved ones recover from injury or illness, deal with a chronic condition or adapt to physical limitations of aging. There's no doubt that the caregiver’s road can be rough; the caregiver’s journey is a true test of character. But with a little bit of guidance and resilience, each of us has the power to be present for our loved ones while retaining control of our own lives.
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