Ready or not, here comes 2018! On this last day of 2017, I wanted to say thank you to each and every caregiver here! You do yeoman’s work day in and day out with little to no acknowledgement, appreciation, help, etc. Caregiving is an undertaking none of us desired, but when thrown upon us we agreed to respond to the call. No matter how you do it, how you feel about it, struggle, curse, or cruise through, you are to be congratulated for being one of the most important people in the world!
Our patients require our love, help, and understanding. They have laid their lives in our hands. Pushed often to the limits of our abilities and sometimes beyond, caregivers rise to the occasion and always think of their loved one and do what can be done! In my case it was never done perfectly, nor even as well as I wish it had been, but it got done and while my best half may not have always expressed appreciation, I could see, in her eyes, in her more relaxed body posture, or tone of voice I had done something to help her in her situation. That knowledge, I believe, is what drives many caregivers!
For the early times in the 14 years, while my wife waged her war against brain cancer, my hope for the New Year was that things would change for the better as January 1st dawned. In the middle of those years my hope was that things would not get worse for her. In the latter years my hope for the New Year was that she would be with me for all 365 days ahead. The one thing I knew as a caregiver was, come January 1st, I would still be a caregiver, just as each of you are.
Please know I send you, today especially, all the strength, courage, and peace this world has to offer — and I send it to you, the mighty caregivers in our society!
As a group we may not be particularly noticed, nor appreciated, certainly not compensated, but there is one thing each of you are.
You are the most amazing individuals the world may have ever seen! You roll up your sleeves, do what needs done, grit your teeth often, love deeply, act unselfishly, and make our world, especially for your patient, a far better place to be!
Thank you for all you do…for being a caregiver…and for being here on Connect making each of us a little bit less isolated and certainly far stronger!
May 2018 be gentle and kind to all!