Five-Day Stress Share Begins November 14


Five-Day Stress Share Begins November 14

heavy-934552_640As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. During a recent webinar, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I shared the current results of our ongoing survey and share thoughts about what’s needed to minimize the stress.

We know that caregiving stress can be ongoing. I also believe that caregiver stress is constantly changing, that what stresses you on Monday is replaced by a different stressful situation on Tuesday. To show the constant and changing face of caregiving stress, I’d love for you to tell us about each day’s caregiving stress over a period of five days.

For five days beginning November 14, stop by and simply share about your caregiving stress. Look for the headline, Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress? and the related day (like Day 1, Day 2, etc.), and post a comment about that day’s stress. We’ll conclude our Five Day Stress Share on Friday, November 18.

Your stories about your day’s caregiving stress will make our data about your caregiving stress that much more compelling.

Thanks so much! I’m grateful to all of you who share and give on

Day 1: Tell Us About Your Caregiving Stress

Day 2: Tell Us About Your Caregiving Stress

Day 3: Tell Us About Your Caregiving Stress

Day 4: Tell Us About Your Caregiving Stress

Day 5: Tell Us About Your Caregiving Stress

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Claribelle, I very much understand what you're saying. No matter how much you love the person you're caring for, it's really hard to keep caring for a long time when you don't know how much longer you'll need to do so. My mom had a stroke in 2005 and has been very dependent on others for most activities of daily life since that time. She's been in hospice at home (in my home) due to a heart syndrome diagnosis since July of this year but it could still be weeks, months or even maybe years - that's probably the hardest thing for me, too. In her case it's a roller coaster - one day it seem like she's on death's door, and then a day or two later she's doing just fine again. My two cents would be to try to enjoy whatever good moments you can with your husband, and to take advantage of whatever relief / respite care you can arrange to give yourself a break.


Just when I think my most stressful days are about over, they are replaced with five more. I'll try to relate each day's particular focus this coming week. It can't match what I've been through the last two months though, but I'll have to share that on its own blog post here soon