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Caregiver Support Meeting


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Went to a stroke survivors & caregivers support group meeting today with my younger brother. We boo-hooed our eyes out and it's been a great release. Thank God for my support group.

 

Starting to have feelings of dread of visiting my mom. She's so helpless, but for this moment, it's all about me. It's about how I feel about visiting, how sad and scared it makes me feel, me, me, me. I want to be there for my mom, but I've been feeling weak and vulnerable lately.

 

I printed some of the replies I received on the message board to bring to her. Hopefully it will cheer her up.

 

 

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Hang in there. It is hard to support someone and you need supporting too. It is a hard time when someone you love is struggling with life. But we all need a cheer squad and athough you don't turn up waving pom poms you can make all the difference to your Mum's recovery.

Keep on going, put the smile on your face and walk on in.

Most of us caregivers and family members have been there, done that. But three cheers for all those who do it over and over again.

Sue.

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All I can say is "Been There, Still Doing That".

 

I know how you feel. The guilt you sometimes get can seem overwhelming. But, as everyone will tell you, this will pass. It's not easy. It will be one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life.

 

Stay strong!! Don't give up or lose hope.

 

I hope it helps,

 

Butch

 

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Hi Mary,

 

Welcome to our blog community. The others up above are right, we've all been there done that and understand the dread you are experiencing at visiting your mom. It gets easier and you'll get stronger as you learn to take it one day at a time. You need to do that for your mom and for yourself.

 

Jean

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Thanks Butch, Jean, and Sue. Just knowing someone is out there hearing my story is soooooo comforting. Thanks for taking the time to reply. It means a lot to me and my family. We're still in the thick of it right now. One month and 4 days post stroke.

 

It's hard enough having a father who has had a stroke and knowing he won't be able to participate in my mother's care.

 

You know, I've been through this before. I have a lot of experience with a severe stroke. My father's was 16 years ago. So in a way it's amazing how time can heal and make your forget. This experience is so incredibly foreign and it really does feel like the first time I've ever known anyone with a stroke.

 

God Bless and thanks for reaching out to me.

 

MaryCalif

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