On September 1, 2013, my dad passed away peacefully, surrounded by both daughters, both sons-in-law, and all four grandchildren. I certainly didn’t expect my caregiving days to be over this soon! I think I’m still sort of in shock. I do know with certainty that my dad is now dancing happily in heaven with my…

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When my dad was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer and colon cancer in May of this year, just 3 ½ months ago, the urologist told me he thought my dad would do okay through this summer and fall and start having problems as winter began. While that didn’t seem like very long, it still seemed…

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It’s late at night and I’m dealing with the second night in a row this week of hallucinations and psychosis. I guess it’s fairly common in the elderly, especially with terminal illness, but it’s still sort of scary to deal with. Luckily, I have support from hospice and can administer Haldol as needed, but the…

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We just got back from a week’s vacation in Branson, Mo. We had so much fun, but it was difficult leaving my dad at my sister’s house while we were gone. It reminded me so much of the first time I left my son with my parents to go out of town many years ago.…

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(Editor’s Note: Please feel free to connect with Cindy on her profile page: @kccindy56.) I’m Cindy and I’m 57 years old, and have been caregiving for my 85-year-old father for several years now. My husband, Jim, and I are still sort of newlyweds, getting ready to celebrate our two-year anniversary on August 20, 2013.  Jim…

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