Meredith Doesn’t Like “Caregiver”; What Do You Dislike?
Meredith Vieira recently joined The Dr. Oz Show to share about her life, including caring for her husband, Richard, who has multiple sclerosis. You can videos of interview with Dr. Oz here. (Thanks to @g-j for the heads-up about the interview.)
Illness is a family affair, Meredith said, as she offered suggestions for others who care for a family member with a chronic illness. Meredith spoke one-on-one with Dr. Oz before her husband joined them. Both Meredith and Richard spoke honestly about the impact of MS on their relationship, including what they’ve given up because of the disease.
During the interview, Meredith says she doesn’t like the term “caregiver.” She believes her husband helps her just as she does him. When asked how he views Meredith’s role, Richard explained that he feels Meredith is his partner, that they are a team.
I’d love to know what don’t you like that’s related to your caregiving experience. If you’d like to move the needle from dislike to hate, go for it. It could be related to a specific part of your caregiving experience–like you dislike the waits, you dislike the side effects of your caree’s medications. It could be related to how caregiving impacts your life–like you hate that what you thought your life would be isn’t that at all.
What do you dislike or hate? Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.
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