We had an incredible scare a few months ago when we learned our daughter-in-law had a brain tumor. When my son told me, I did not react in a cool, calm, and collected manner. I cried out, “Oh, God no! I am so sorry!”
All I could think of was my friend Sally who had died a year ago from a Glioblastoma brain tumor. I took a couple deep breaths, and then I asked him if they knew what kind of a tumor.
He said, “It’s a meningioma.” He went on to say that if you are going to have a brain tumor, a meningioma is the best kind.
A few weeks into the process of adapting to the news, waiting for surgery, going to the hospital, and dealing with all of the stress, my son exclaimed in frustration, “The life of a caregiver is no life at all!”
I wrote an article about adapting to the life of a caregiver and provided some strategies for coping with the stress of caring for a loved one who is experiencing an acute and serious healthcare condition.
Please click on this link to read my article on Rewireme.com: The Life of a Caregiver is No Life at All!