I am the Vee, the myself, and the I in Vee, Myself and I. I am a 35 year old daughter, granddaughter and caregiver for my mother and grandmother. Both suffer from different stages of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. A little over a year ago, I was tossed into the world of full-time caregiving. (And by tossed I mean, hurled like the clown out of the cannon at the circus.)
After living and working in Chicago for the last 10 years, I resigned from what was a pretty cush Director of Marketing position to move back home to Dallas, TX. Fortunately, my mother is in the very early stages and is still independent and high-functioning. She plays an integral role in the care of my grandmother who is in the later stages.
As a bachelorette living the single life in the big city, I knew little about taking care of anyone other than myself. Needless to say, this experience has been a definite roller coaster ride as I learn valuable lessons about caring for others and the huge responsibilities that come along with my new role.
I research everything. So of course my first instinct when faced with this new and daunting role of caregiving was to start researching. I found so many resources, including websites, blogs, social service agencies, non-profits organizations, other caregivers and more. I realize that every caregiver does not have the time, patience or energy to scour the internet for help and because I have learned so much, I want to share my newly found knowledge with you. As I travel on this journey of caregiving and learn more about available resources, I will do my best to share my experiences and what I learn in hopes that I can be of even just a little help to you.
I have a special place in my heart for caregivers, especially those who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia because I can empathize with your daily journey. I know that every situation is different. But I also know what it’s like to have to navigate a health care system that is anything but easy. I know what it’s like to have to be an advocate for someone who has no voice. I know what it’s like to have to help someone with their “activities of daily living” on a 24 hour basis. (If you are a caregiver you have probably heard this phrase. If you are just starting on this journey, trust me, it’s coming.)
I am by no means a medical expert. I share from what I have seen from my own personal experiences. I write for caregivers, in hopes that sharing my stories about our journey will let you know that you are not alone. I write for our loved ones who may no longer have a voice. I write for myself as an outlet. Hopefully, I brighten your day and put a smile on your face along the way.
Everyday in the world of caregiving is different. There is rarely a dull moment. However, you would be surprised how faith and a good sense of humor will help push you through the hard times.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.
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