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Becoming a care giver...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I come from a big family. I am the youngest of eight. Four siblings have passed away and four remaining. Being the youngest can be challenging, as you watch all your other siblings age and pass away. I am now becoming the care giver for my oldest sister, for all her 3 children lives out of town. I have to stay prayed up, for I have my emotional days, where I cry a lot. Then, I have those days where I am strong and full of joy. Lord, I pray for more grace to have more of those days.

My sister's son and wife are planning to move back to here to his home town to help out. So happy that he loves his mom that much to do so.

I know that I have many Spark Buddies with this experience. Please chime in and share. Would love to hear from you. Your stories are encouraging.

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    Thank you Spark Buddies! So encouraging!
    1400 days ago
    Hi Amelia,

    this is very very generous of you to do that for your sister! Wishing you lots of strength. It's a tough job, I was a caregiver in my very young years or my mother for a few months. It was very exhausting but it had to be.
    Nice of her son, to help you and take care of his mom.

    HUGS. I wasn't here as I should be. I have a kidney stone and dealing now with the urologist and hospital for it has to be removed. Tomorrow I plan the gym.

    Take care and stay strong emoticon
    1401 days ago
  • GODSCHILD2_2011
    I was a caregiver for my mother especially for the last year of her life. It was very challenging and I had many many crying nights because I didn't get the help that I needed from my large extended family who lives in the same city. Frankly, I didn't know from day to day how I was going to be able to take care of my mother,work full time and continue to be active in my church. I had to make some small adjustment with the varies ministries I was on but God and only God got me through that experience. Although it was very hard caring for my mother 97% of the time, after her transition to be with the Lord, I felt it was a great honor and privilege that I was able to be there for her.

    Now, I have a 83 years old grandmother. she can do some things for herself and she still lives in an apartment by herself and we have a home health aide who comes 20 hours a week, I still find it challenging because she still relies or wants me to take care of her and her affairs majority of the times. I work 60 hours a week and still try to stay connected to my church as much as possible because I NEED that strength and infilling that comes from worshiping God collectively in a local body at church.

    I believe wholeheartedly that staying connected to God through prayer and praise, he will give you the grace to deal with any and everything that you may face in this life. My prayers are with you and your family.

    1402 days ago
    OH honey, wrapping you in prayers. I first of all offer my condolences on the loss of your siblings. And I am so sorry that your sister is so ill to require care.

    I have been my parents' caregiver for the last 2 yrs. intensively. MOm and Dad lived in IL, Mom was diagnosed w/Alzheimer's in 2013, fell and broke her hip in 2015 and we brought them up here to live with us. My brother live in IL but has had very little time offered to help w/the care.

    Both MOm and DAd lived with us for 2 yrs. In January of this year they ended up in a nursing facility (fortunately we could get them in the same facility. Mom has Alzheimer's and Dad had age related dementia). Dad passed away in August. I can tell you with all my heart, I am glad I was able to help my parents, and I'm sure you feel the same way about caregiving.

    That said it DOES take a lot of prayer and faith. You have my prayers going up for you, too.

    1402 days ago
    Stay strong 💪 You can and will do it!
    1402 days ago
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