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Helping Yourself Help Others by Susan Golant, Rosalynn Carter

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5

Your Emotional Dilemmas as a Family Caregiver

WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER BECOMES ILL, THE WHOLE FAMILY suffers. Although they have been spared the physical or mental symptoms of the ailment, the other members also are affected. I can vouch for that from my own family’s experience.

In the decades after my father’s death, my mother often used to recount that she had been nervous all the time when my father was sick. Then, when the doctor told her that Daddy wouldn’t live long, she was devastated. She had been so worried, so afraid that the worst was going to happen—and then it did. All of a sudden she had to shoulder the burden alone of raising four small children, running the household, tending the finances, and, at the same time, caring for her ...

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