Well Spouse® Association members speak out on their own caregiving situations, giving you a window into the special, not-so-well-known world of the estimated 6 million spousal caregivers in America and many more around the world.
"Walk a mile in our shoes" -- WSA members have many stories to tell.
Such as "Confessions of a Well Spouse," it begins: "From my last entry (regarding my faith): 'But for His Grace I go...and as long as He allows me to see Him in the smallest of details, I will trust Him to get me through whatever happens.'
I look for God in the smallest places now. As my husband spends his days waiting for the largest of miracles he will need, I have spent mine trying to grab hold of anything that will steady me on this unsteady path.
Sometimes I have to look harder than others. In the last few days I realized that sometimes I will have to look with my heart instead of my eyes."
Spousal caregivers differ from other family caregivers in their caregiving experience:
* Loss of intimacy in the relationship * Long-term lack of recognition by themselves and others that they are caregivers * Long-term adherence to marital confidentiality - "Don't ask, don't tell" * Loss of equality and balance in the relationship * Isolation from friends, family, and workmates
Why join? We've got your back -- the Well Spouse® Association offers the spousal caregiver the chance to regain their balance and catch a second wind in their caregiver journey. Our twin mottoes say it all: "You are not alone" and "When one is sick, two need help."