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.
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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