Caregiving for Mom | Mandy Cantor

August 6, 2014 5:15 PM

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Caregiving for Mom | Mandy Cantor

Being a caregiver to my elderly mother has been very challenging for me. I didn't sign up for this job, it has evolved over a lengthy period of time. At times I feel a sense of despair and hopelessness for myself and my mother. I am an only child and have no one in my very small family to help me care for mom. I feel a sense of obligation and duty to her, since she has been very good to me my whole life and she is my best friend. It's just been the two of us, since I didn't grow up with a father.

Caregiving can be a full time job. The roles are reversed now, and it's unsettling at times. I feel as if I am the parent and my mother is the child, which is an unnatural state. At times I get angry and frustrated that I am in this position, and that my mother isn't the dynamic, independent, self-r...

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