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Whether its your children, spouse, relative or friend–if you consider yourself the caregiver of a patient with chronic illness–I’d like to hear from you!
I’m looking for caregivers of patients to respond to the following question for inclusion in a book I’m working on (to be published and on shelves August 2015!) on Outsmarting Chronic Illness. These responses are for a section on support and how chronic illness affects caregivers.
Question 1: Do you feel as if you “chose” to be a caregiver? What motivates you to be a caregiver to someone with chronic illness?
Question 2: How do you handle the stress of dealing with being a caregiver for someone with a life-limiting illness?
Question 3: What can the patient you care for do to help you, thank you, or simply make your job easier?
Question 4: What has been your most challenging moment as a caregiver and how did you cope with it?
- Please send your responses to IlanaWrites@gmail.com with your name, age, and city. If your story is published, you can choose whether or not to be anonymous! The important thing is to be authentic.
- Please send responses that are NO LONGER than four paragraphs. Try to focus your responses on the message that you feel would help a patient in a similar scenario most.