Health Center - Caregiving
More than 65 million people are providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged spouse, child, parent, relative or friend, and the majority of these caregivers are women. From caring for another to taking care of yourself, get the information and support you need to protect your well-being and the health of those you care about.
Caregiver of the Month: December 2012
Submitted by Jody D.
My son Joe DeVere was diagnosed with a more aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis in 2002 six months after he married my daughter-in-law Rosanna. As a result of his disabilities he also had a serious car accident on August 2, 2005 and is now a paraplegic who continues to battle with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I so admire Rosanna my daughter-in-law and her commitment and love of my son.
Many women would have flown the coup with so many challenges to face in a marriage. However, she has risen to every occasion, been by my son's side through many health ups and downs, long term hospital stays and caring for him day to day.
She is my son's health care advocate, support system and has been so encouraging during his healthier periods to get out and experience life at its fullest. She is an avid snow boarder and together they have formed a non-profit Threus.org http://www.threus.org/ to help others with spinal cord diseases go skiing, surfing, kayaking, white water rafting and are planning to scuba dive together. These are all activities my son participated in before his disabilities and her commitment and encouragement to get out and live and has enriched my son's life.
During his darkest days and times she has been at his side, making sure he has the highest level of care. Most important is her great love for my son.
Proverbs 31:11-31 ESV
"The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life."
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