By Genie AliceCausey
Nate Causey of Tupelo, Miss., was treated for TMJ and tension headaches before doctors found the real cause. At age 34, he was diagnosed with a central neurocytoma on May 7, 2010. Unexpected and rare complications left him with several disabilities, but with hard work and determination, Nate is beating the odds every day.
His wife, Genie Alice, wants to share her experiences as a caregiver to encourage others no matter where they are in the process of fighting cancer.
This post is part of our Caregiver Week series, November 12-16.
Caregivers —despite our differences —it seems there’s one thing we all have in common: guilt.
Well-meaning friends, doctors and strangers always tell us the same things, “Take care of yourself.”
It sounds like a great idea, right? But it’s not always practical or realistic.
We feel guilty. Everyone tells us that doing these things will make us better caregivers. But whenever we take time for ourselves, we feel guilty that we aren’t doing something else.
Early on in my caregiving journey lots of people told me how important it was for me to take a night off and go spend time with my friends. The problem was, when I actually did that I was so consumed with guilt and worry that it made my stress levels worse.
As a fellow caregiver, I want to share some simple, real ways that helped me learn what it means to “take care of myself.” I’m no expert, but I’ve been there, and this is what has worked for me.