Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Hi, I am Sherri. I am 50 years old. I have had MS for 15 1/2 years. I am the caregiver of my boyfriend/husband for the last 7 years. He has MS also. He had Chronic Pancreatitis for over 5 years he was in severe pain only slightly relieved by narcotics (legal). He had a transplant in September 2012. Removal of Pancreas, Gallbladder &Spleen. His own Islet (Insulin Making) cells transplanted into his liver for them to work there (they are!!) He does have many other problems though. That all started in 2007. In 2009 my Mom's COPD and Emphysema got real bad and required me to be her caregiver also. I was the only child (now 50 year old child) living anywhere near. I was an hour north of her. It was a rough ride. Bruce got 'mostly' better. Mom said goodbye on 12-25-2012. THEN I fell apart! Battles with my sister over Mom's estate. Finally I gave up. MY way of dealing with stress. I am trying. With the schedule I kept for that many years.........I became obsessive with 'ways of doing things'. Almost OCD. My MS is doing it's OWN thing now. Counseling taught me how to do imaging as a stress reliever. But things are still getting to me. Time management and having to do 'everything' just 'so'. My Church family helps by just being available and prayers. It does help but ...................Sorry to be such a 'downer' at the beginning but I thought you should know where I am coming from.