Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Meagan Thomas


Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Meagan Thomas

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

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