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A daughter's love
my mother had a stroke 8/2001,at the time I was single,no children&working a full time job.I am the oldest of five but my other siblings have husbands and families. I closed my home and moved in with my mother, still working full time & attending to her needs when the day time help left. Then my sister,who has a mentally challenged son became seriously ill and moved in with us. I took care of her and was the surrogate mother to her child (school functions, parent teacher meetings etc) all this while still holding down a full time job. In 2003 my department moved out of town which eliminated my job.Rather than take a job which would only pay enough to cover her expenses, I decided who knows my mother better than I. By this time my sister passed away 2002,leaving me as legal guardian of her son. Caregiving has its ups and downs(can't get out like you're accustomed to dong,on 24 hour call with your loved one&have to plan outing way in advance/no impromptu outings). It gets frustrating some time but I thank GOD mother can do some things for herself&my nephew/son/goes to the community center each day.My mother constantly thanks me for being here but I'm reminded of the sacrifices she made for us(a divorced woman with five children)and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks to the aging commission, I get 216 respite hours a year to get away & have some "me"time. GOD has given me the strength to do whatever necessary to make my mother's golden years ones that she can enjoy.
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