“It felt like the whole world went dark, but as a caregiver I had to be brave to take care of my loved one.” [Translated]
When Saral’s husband was diagnosed with cancer, she was able to be his primary caregiver once she had overcome her initial fear and despair. Her family was very supportive, they kept her grounded through her emotional, physical and financial turmoil. She talks about the help family, friends and other well-wishers can offer.
“Caregivers often don’t take care of their own health… You can support your loved one only if you look after your own well-being.” [Translated]
She soon understood the importance of attending to her own needs and her health. Practicing meditation regularly helped her to stay calm and effectively manage her stress. Her spiritual beliefs gave her the courage to support her husband through the entire spectrum of cancer treatment in addition.
Looking back she discusses few gender roles in caregiving in her times. She talks about how education can enable youngsters of all genders to take on the responsibilities of caregiving.
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