How Have You Grown?

spring-57131_640Caregiving changes everything. Especially you.

So, today, as part of our Spring Break, we’re talking about growing. How have you grown because of caregiving? Have you grown courage? Faith? A back bone? Compassion?

We’d love to know: How have you grown because of caregiving?

Share in our comments section, below.

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

4 thoughts on “How Have You Grown?

  1. Avatar of RichardRichard

    I have Grown in many ways the one that changed me the most is compassion. I never quite knew what was involved in caregiving even though I assisted with Handicapp Olympics twice in Las Vegas when I was in the USAF which was going on 30 years ago (yes I’m getting up there). But since marrying Trish and getting to know and being able to help with her brother Robert who has epilepsy and over the past six years helping my mother through knee replacement surgeries, lung surgery and several heart procedures and valve replacement surgeries as well as several strokes it brings new light on the type of person who is given the title, Caregiver. They are a rare breed.

  2. Avatar of PegiPegi

    I have grown in confidence with caregiving. Things that in the beginning that total overwhelmed ie. my battles with the wheelchair; I win now. I am still working on not hovering and am doing much better. I try to be gentler, more understanding with a strong minded hubby when he pushes my buttons. Try to remain aware of how it must feel to him, that he more than likely will not walk again. I have always been independent; but some tasks were left to him. I can do whatever I need to do to keep him safe and comfortble. I wm capable to tend to him and our household needs. I’ve even gotten better at letting go (no one can take as good of care of him as i, so I thought). He’s gone on some outings with a friend lately, and come back happy and in one peace. There are so many ways, and yet, it seems so much more to grow.

  3. Avatar of JaneJane

    I have grown in so many ways. I have grown by being able to do public speaking without having a near panic attack. I have grown by speaking out (even when I should shut up) about things. I have grown by not judging people like I use too (I haven’t overcome this totally but have made strides). I have grown by having more compassion by realizing that looks can be deceiving and just because someone doesn’t “look sick” doesn’t mean they are not. I realize now that the saying the hardest job you will ever do is being a parent and while I totally agree with that I think that caregiving rakes right up there and especially if that also involves a child.

    Jane ~ mom to Nicole, 18 yo
    VSD: ventricular septal defect
    PFO: patent foramen ovale
    ES: eisenmengers syndrome
    PAH: pulmonary arterial hypertension
    BHJS: benign hypermobility joint syndrome
    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

  4. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    I echo much of what people have already said — I have grown in patience, self-confidence and self-trust, the ability to let go and to step back. I like to think that I have grown in my understanding of my partner’s condition — perhaps not in a technical, medical sense (which is still confusing to doctors), but in the way it affects her life. Finally, we have both grown in our ability to communicate and negotiate with each other.


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