IMG_2216In an effort for you all to understand my story, I invited my sister, Susan Shelor, to come on engAGING Conversations and talk with me about her/our experience. She was closest geographically, to our parents, so when the time came, she was the primary caregiver.

She gives an honest account of the toll it took not only on her as she cared for our Dad, but the impact it had on our Mom to have a spouse with a terminal illness, and how that affected everybody. Caring for an aging/ill parent takes a toll on everyone, whether you are the primary caregiver or not. And if you come from a large family, everybody has an opinion. Which is why it is so important to know what your parent wants or doesn’t want when it comes to end of life care.  Have the conversation and get it in writing.

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And don’t forget to listen to episode 3, available today!

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3 comments

  1. Thanks Sheryl and Dori for sharing so valuable inside on the role and the challenges that we encounter when we carrying for our fragile parents. Dori you mentioned a important part on this process which is how to take care for ourselves, so hard to do it but necessary!

    1. Thank you for your comment Consuelo! Self care is so important, but so many lack resources or feel unsupported while in the thick of things.
      I just saw a quote by Judith L. London “caregivers are often the casualties, the hidden victim. No one sees the sacrifice they make. I’m working on changing that!!

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