“Self-care doesn’t equate to Selfishness”
Mitzi is a yoga teacher, personal trainer an author and a caregiver to her father who has ALS.
Due to ALS, he has a tough time speaking so now they have resorted to texting. The moments Mitzi treasures are the videos her father sends her, because, no matter the distance, that is a moment that they are enjoying together.
In the first year of her father’s diagnosis, the situation took over her life and she had practically burnt herself out – with troubles maintaining friendships, eating and drinking irresponsibly, and not engaging in any physical activity. The quality of her life plummeted, as she got depressed and suffered drastic weight gain. Therapy made her realize the importance and value of taking care of one’s self and how by simply taking care of herself, she could be a better caregiver.
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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