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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 05/17/11
What assistance is there for caregivers who are now done with their caregiving duties?  From 1994 to 2011, I cared first for my dad until his passing in 1999 and then my mom until this April.   During these years, I also was raising my two children (who are now grown). I feel I have lost my identity between letting go of my children and now both parents are gone.  I find that the greatest challenge and hurdle I am facing is getting back on my feet financially and emotionally.  I need to continue to be the wife, mother and grandmother to my immediate family. They were a great help and definitely my angels sent from heaven during my caregiving years, but I feel lost and don't know where to begin on me, myself, my life.
 
We (my husband and I and my children as well) have sacrificed so much over the years financially, that we now are truly hurting and will even need to leave our home of over 17 years.  Any regrets?  Absolutely not!  I am the baby of five children and my parents were 47 and 40 when I was born.  They both had decent lives till the end; my Dad passed at 81 and my Mom was 87.  I am only 48 and still have a lot of life to live.  I just don't know where to start.


 

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