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Subject: Caregiving in the prime of life

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I never thought I'd be in this position. I am 43, 2 kids, and caring for my disabled husband. He is

totally disabled with MS, FMS, MPS, ADD, SAD, APNEA. Also I have to work fulltime. Hubby was always a workaholic, so this is difficult for him, also. Our youngest son is 17, getting ready to

graduate, and I don't know what I'm going to do when he goes to college. We are encouraging him to go to the community college for a year or so. We will see. I appreciate all the suggestions and resolutions you offered. Bless you
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Subject: RE: Caregiving in the prime of life

Email: KTVick@aol.com

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My heart goes out to you and to your children. It sounds like you are in for a very long haul. Be sure to ask his siblings and anyone else for any help they are able to offer. And find a support group for you and respite care for him. Take care of yourself.
Subject: RE: Caregiving in the prime of life

Email: qtip1@earthlink.net

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Hi Suzi,

I have been on the internet trying to find on-line support for caregivers and I came across your letter. I too am 43 years old caring for a husband with Parkinson's disease. I have a 17 year old graduating next week. He is the reason I haven't gone bananas. He is my only child and my life. Luckily he is still going to stay at home while he goes to college. I have so many mixed feelings, mostly guilt that I need to talk to you or anyone else who reads this who is in a similar situation.

Debbie
Subject: RE: Caregiving in the prime of life

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Hello Debbie

I am glad you found the site as well...I am not that familiar with Parkinson's but I am very familiar with caregiving. We offer chats at the site....make sure you have a current browser with JAVA enabled so that you can access the chats. You can also subscribe to the newsletter which is free. You can write an editorial to be published in the newsletter about what you are experiencing so others may respond. In a week or so there will also be a poll question of the week in which the answers from everyone who participates, will be posted.

While many might now have Parkinson's' issues...caregiving issues are synonymous in general no matter what the conditions are...especially the mixed feelings, the guilt etc.

If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.Congratulations on your son's graduation.

Blessings to you.

IN LOVE & LIGHT,
Gail
Hello Joan
Nice to have you on board...you certainly have had your hands full at
caregiving and
raising 5 children on top of it all. Therapy is such an important means to
work thru
the issues you go through.
The Empowering Caregivers Chat on AOL is Thursdays at 8PM in the Mutual
Support Room in the Better Health Forum..You will find others caring for their
spouses as well. The most important thing you will find is loving, caring and
support from other caregivers who go thru many of the same emotions and issues
as you are. There are also chats offered at this site and a free
newsletter you may
subscribe to from the site.
Blessings to you .
IN LOVE & LIGHT,
Gail

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