8 Responses to “Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers: On Caregiver’s Rights — 12/10/08”

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  1. Great list! I might add:

    I have the right to be disappointed when family doesn not understand, nor offers help, but at the same time, I will try to keep them informed as best I can.

    I have the right to take pride in my own personal growth as I develop a greater sense of patience, tenderness, and inner strength.

  2. What a great list.

    “I have the right:To get angry, be depressed and express other difficult emotions occasionally.”

    Seems especially important.

  3. Hi SpaceAgeSage — Lori,

    Thank you for these two excellent additions. Yes, family can be very disappointing,yet need to stay in the loop. And we definitely grow from this experience in many ways.

    Hi Vered,

    I agree. “Getting it out” in some way keeps one from becoming physically ill in my opinion. I usually cry a little, and then feel infinitely better.

  4. I reserve the right to go out occasionally with the boys and let what little hair I have down.

  5. WOW, what a powerful post that so many need to read. I will be sure to share this with those in our community as well as online! While I was taking care of my father in law who was dying of cancer, I felt many of the above mentioned feelings, but so often felt guilty, but now I realize that they were normal healthy feelings! More people need to be reminded of that.

    Thanks again for a great post.
    Jill
    http://www.caring.com

  6. Hi Linda – How well said. I’m sure if other caregivers read these “rights” their levels of guilt will decrease immensely.

  7. Hi rummuser,

    You make me laugh! Thank you. Have fun with the boys! 🙂

    Hi Jill,

    Welcome to the TLeC community! Thank you for your kind words. I’m sorry about your father-in-law. Yes, sometimes we think we’re alone in our feelings as caregivers, but we seem to have many in common. Your site is awesome, too!

    Hi Barbara,

    I hope you’re right!

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