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Scott, Volunteer Mentor (@IndianaScott)

Triggers for caregivers

Caregivers | Last Active: Oct 22, 2019 | Replies (53)

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Yes, I feel like I am constantly bombarded with triggers. I lost my mom 3 years ago to lung cancer after almost a 2 year battle. My father was diagnosed this past year with small cell bladder cancer. The trips to the hospital, chemo treatments, and constant scans… I find myself breaking down all the time. There are little reminders all the time of what I went through and I am so afraid of the outcome. This is the first I have heard the term anticipatory grief and that perfectly explains what I am feeling.

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Hi @tattrigoo I am sorry to read of the loss of your mom and your dad's health journey as well. Tough times for sure!

Being a caregiver for a loved one with a chronic disease fits too well with @rmftucker idea of 'anticipatory grief'. T

Also I believe the daily, and often hourly demands, of caregiving can be so challenging we often don't give ourselves enough credit for making it through our periods of grief as we deal with our losses at the time and cannot help but think to what might lie in wait for us as our patient progresses on their journey.

I send you continued strength, courage, and peace!