I am the Vee, the myself, and the I in Vee, Myself and I. I started this blog about 4 years ago to share my journey as a caregiver for my mother and grandmother. At the time, both were at different stages in a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, my grandmother passed away last year. The last year being the most difficult year of my life and probably hers as well.
As most caregivers are, I was tossed into this roll somewhat unexpectedly. (And by tossed I mean, hurled like the clown out of the cannon at the circus.)
After living and working in Chicago for 10 years, I resigned from what was a pretty cushy Director of Marketing position to move back home to Dallas, TX. When I moved home, I thought I was moving home to help my mom take care of my grandmother. After less than a year of being back, I realized that my mom was having issues as well, and she soon received a diagnosis herself. In the beginning of this journey, my mother was in the early stages and was fairly independent and high-functioning. She played an integral role in the care of my grandmother, while she battled her own challenges, primarily short-term memory loss.
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 have learned valuable lessons about caring for others and the huge responsibilities that come along with being a caregiver.
I research everything. So of course my first instinct 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 this disease, 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 related 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. And I know what it’s like to have a job that you didn’t necessarily ask for, and you are totally unprepared for, but that you take on 24/7 and perform the best way you can.
I am by no means a medical expert. I share from what I have seen from my own personal experiences, and what I have learned in various trainings and seminars over the last four years. 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.
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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