Being There: Gwen’s Story

“In all stories, the characters grow and change through the conflicts they face….and so have we” 

Gwen, an avid reader, had to put her books down when her husband Brian’s heart stopped for 20 minutes and resulted in severe brain injury at the age of 55. Not expected to survive, 2 years and countless therapy sessions later he came home without his vision and use of his arms and hands.
She became his primary caregiver and took it up as her job to look into every aspect of it. However she soon realized that she needed to hire a professional caretaker to take over a lot of responsibilities so that she could start being his wife again.
Years later, at a support group meeting, when they heard about a creative writing course Brian could do, they decided to register. Brian was never interested in reading or writing, he preferred the outdoors, but the creative writing course let him relive his memories as he wrote about his adventures and experiences during his hunting and fishing days. Gwen’s love for books, too, came back into her life again as they also started listening to audio books together every evening.
As a result of their situation they both changed. They began to be grateful and cherish the moments they have.

If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.

Source: © 2017 Stories for Caregivers. All rights reserved. Stories For Caregivers (

An initiative developed by The Coup Company (

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Produced with the participation of TELUS Fund –

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