Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Meagan Thomas

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Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Meagan Thomas

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.)

Today, I’m proud to feature the story of Meagan Thomas, a 23-year-old writer turned full time caregiver for her mother who suffered a major illness. Meagan is the author of Who Cares?! The Journey of a Caregiver. You can connect with her on Twitter: @meaganmthomas1 and on her profile page: @meagan918.

My questions and her answers follow.

Meagan_ThomasCaregiving.com: How do you think your caregiving experience has made you more productive?
Meagan: My experience changed my entire life for the best. I worked as a journalist and when my mother suffered a major illness, I immediately left my job and cared for her. The process taught me time management, how to be more responsible, and how make firm health conscious decisions.

Caregiving.com: What do you enjoy about your job?
Meagan: What I enjoy most about my job is the flexibility.

Caregiving.com:What do you hope to achieve in your career?
Meagan: In pursuit of my career, I only hope to move higher in my journalistic and advocacy efforts. Also, my ultimate goal is to inspire, uplift and encourage others.

Caregiving.com: What advice would you offer to another working family caregiver?
Meagan: My advice for other working caregivers would be to be easy on yourself. This journey is not an easy one (taking care of a loved one) but it's often rewarding. Talk to others about your feelings, and know that what you're experiencing now won't last forever.

Caregiving.com: What suggestions would you offer employers that can help their employees with caregiving responsibilities?
Meagan: My advice to employers would be to accommodate those who carry the load of caring for a loved one while balancing their own career. They should be understanding, flexible and a listening ear.

Caregiving.com:Finally, tell us about your caregiving situation. For whom do you care? How long have you been caregiving?
Meagan: I began my caregiving journey a little over a year ago when my mother suffered from a massive stroke. I immediately left my full-time job and moved home to become her full-time caregiver. I still manage the responsibility of being her full-time caregiver while working. This journey has inspired a shifting in my career (i'm in the health care field) but the most rewarding thing about the transition is that I can give my mother the BEST most efficient help that she desires.

(Tell us your story; share your experiences about your life as a working family caregiver.)

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