“It is asking for help, getting the care, don’t stress as much, and letting things go”
In 2013, Gloria’s husband Francois was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Nobody is ever truly ready to hear this news; Francois had a rough time wrapping his head around the diagnosis, and their daughter, Aurelia didn’t want anyone to know what her father was going through. This shame and feeling overwhelmed is very common, especially in the first few years of the diagnosis. Aurelia was only 10 at the time of her father’s diagnosis, so Gloria ensured that she would speak up about it and got support for her daughter.
From the get go Gloria knew that she would have to be the primary caregiver for her husband and would be raising her daughter on her own. Managing time between taking care of Francois and Aurelia’s competitive football leagues is often stressful, and draining. This is what motivated her to go and start Yoga, which is a stressbuster for her. Everyday, for two hours after work she relaxes and does yoga in the studio, rejuvenating herself with the positive energy the studio exudes.
Through her self care journey, she has understood the importance of asking people to help her, because oftentimes, they do want to help.
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.
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