I’ve heard people say, the caregiver has no choice. I totally disagree. There is always a choice. People can walk away. They chose to not walk away. The caregiver made a choice. What an honor for me to have met so many that made that choice.
I vividly remember hundreds of conversations with caregivers that put their life on hold to keep another person safe. I remember hundreds of them telling me they can no longer afford to eat properly and purchase medication for themselves. This is real stuff.
This is not just about alzheimer’s caregivers. It can be the same for any caregiver.
I met “Dan” at Amicalola Falls State Park a few years back. He was visiting the park while he was back in the states for a few weeks. He witnessed me taking a fall on the East Ridge Trail and ran to help.
He spent many years in Africa. He helped get water to thousands of people. I visited with him at the park again a couple of years after that.
Thinking about the time line he provided me with, his daughter should be a medical doctor soon.
I found out today he passed away a few days ago from cancer of the pancreas.
Not much money is provided to the National Institute of Health for research for this type of cancer.
Oh I did enjoy our 2 conversations and his kindness. He was a quiet and calm man.
I’m thinking that is what I have always done. I don’t know another way. I wanted more control, but . . . . .
My contentment comes with the acceptance of the quote, as a way of life and doing the work.
He was told his health was extremely poor and nothing could be done. He had a dream of hiking a long way. He made a decision, explained to his family and left. He passed away after a few hundred miles. They are proud of him.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure!” Marianne Williamson
“Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves, and they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their Voyage. They kept going regardless of the obstacles they met!” W. Clement Stone
It worked.Tremendous Awareness was raised and over $40,000.00 was donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
They know who they are, and they know what role they played. They never wanted thanks. They wanted to help the folks in the trenches, and they did.
Across the Land was an Epic Project.
It should not be a surprise that some are saying President Trump is like a “dictator.” Back in 2014 some were saying President Obama was “America’s first dictator”
I read that some attorneys call executive orders a constitutionality approved action aken to what a dictator might do.
Have any others presidents banned news organizations from events? Google it and see.
I am posting such as this to learn and trying to not show bias.(hard) Maybe this will help me fight off Alzheimer’s.
Thank you for reading my blog and remember to chew up things others say and spit out what you think are the bones.
This is how it happened, in this order.
Rick snuck up behind Bob and hit him in the head with a board. Later their was retaliation. Bob snuck up behind Rick and hit him in the head with a board.
The reporter writes this headline. “Bob snuck up behind Rick and hit him in the head with a board”
The headline does not contain an untruth, but it may show bias, if nothing is said about retaliation or Rick’s part.
Reporters are human and some folks say that all humans are capable of having a bias.
Rick’s friends may show bias and Bob’s friends may show bias. Rick’s friends may not admit that and Bob’s friends may not either.
He handed the little boy a small skinny stick and told him to break it. The little boy broke it easy. Then he bundled a bunch of little sticks together and told the little boy to break it. The little boy couldn’t.
Alvin told him that bundle is family
What do you do when someone that almost needs a caregiver themselves, needs to become caregiver?
This came up today with a close friend. The decisions that must be made because of some of these diseases are extremely difficult and important.