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Caregiver (noun) - A family member who regularly looks after a sick person
Being a caregiver for a loved one is a challenging but beautiful responsibility to have. Through the ups and downs, we are there to offer physical and mental support 24/7 to the family member in need. A caregiver wears many hats, from nurse to chef, with a smile on their face, even under the most intense pressure, to ease the burden from their loved one.
The month before my father passed, I remember stopping in the hallway outside his room and crying, wondering how I was going to keep taking care of him, as his condition worsened. Now, I would give anything to be back in that position, just to have him here with me for a little bit longer. I am glad he is not suffering, but it doesn’t change the fact that selfishly I want him here with me. I am in that stage that I feel many caregivers must go through. After all is said and done, what are we left with? I am feeling lost without the purpose of taking care of my dad. And even though I took care of him, he took care of me as well. I am trying to pick up the pieces and move on, like he would have wanted me to, but my motivation for work and school has diminished. It feels as if each month is a new cliff I cannot climb, bringing me further from the day he passed, but leaving me feeling just as empty.
This is for the caregivers. I am here to give you your credit. Everyone needs acknowledgement and if your loved one is unable to give that to you now that she or he is gone, I want to say that I know. Caregivers don’t forget. We will always have that special bond with a loved one to hold onto, even if the rest of the world is waiting for us to “move on” now that they are at peace.