“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” -Tia Walker
Did you see the 60 Minutes segment last Sunday about a couple struggling with the trauma of Alzheimer’s Disease?
The program followed the couple over several years showing the woman slowly sinking into dementia. Her husband took care of her by himself until the burden became too great and he hired care takers to help. Finally, when it was evident there was nothing left of her spirit in the ravaged body, he put her in a nursing home.
Such a sad story, repeated so many times. I have friends who are trapped in that painful dilemma of giving so much of themselves and feeling guilty when it’s not enough — and it never is.
Perhaps you are a caregiver, working so hard and having to make so many tough decisions. My heart goes out to you, and I give you the only thing I can, my deep admiration and these words: “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”
And if you were a 24 hour caretaker but could no longer continue? As 60 Minutes showed so poignantly, sometimes selfless love requires turning over the daily chores to others who are more equipped to help. I’m sure drawing that line was the hardest decision you ever made.
Would any of you like to share your caregiving stories?