March 14, 2014: What does it feel like to take on the task of being someone’s primary caregiver? asks host Susan Campbell on CBC Radio’s Quebec AM. I don’t think twice before I answer: “It’s terrifying.”
The prospect of abandoning my life in Dubai to care for my Mom with Alzheimer’s disease in rural Canada scared the bejeezus out of me. But I did it anyway. (Life can be scary; it’s OK to feel afraid. And the only way around fear is through it.)
The early morning interview (live from Lennoxville Elementary School) is a result of my involvement with a community initiative to support English-speaking caregivers in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec.
Here’s the conversation in two parts (each is about five minutes long):
Yes, it’s terrifying, heart wrenching and tragic. And yes, it can be joyful as well. If you are a caregiver, give yourself the gift of joy. If you know a caregiver, reach and hold her or his hand.
March 14, 2014