Caring For Those Who Care – Laileen

“You have to be resilient, you just can’t survive. You need to really bloom wherever you are”

In 2007, Laileen, a wife, mother, and grandmother, also became a caregiver when her husband of more than 42 years, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. When something like Alzheimer’s hits anyone in the family, all your plans go for a toss, every retirement plan, every vacation is clouded with the disease. Laileen’s husband was an active, sporty and passionate individual, and being relegated to a wheelchair hit him especially hard.

When her husband was diagnosed everyone – the doctors, nurses, social workers asked her to take care of herself, but the responsibilities of caregiving caused her to put herself on the back burner which eventually led to her being diagnosed with osteoporosis. Laileen refuses to be a victim of her circumstance, she feels dealing with osteoporosis will make her more aware and careful of her health.

She believes with gratitude in her heart and by making the best out of the situation, she can truly live to her fullest.

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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