I don’t know who you are caring for and I don’t know your specific situation. But, you are not alone.
When you wake up in the morning wondering what is going to happen today, know that other people and God know what you are going through.
This isn’t the life you asked for. This isn’t what you dreamed. Yet, it is the life you have.
The illness, issues or situation is not just the person who technically has it, but is your’s too. You are not uncaring to need a break. You are not selfish to grieve the life you have to put on hold or may never have. You are unfeeling to have issues yourself or think unkind thoughts.
This is your journey too. We are not independent, isolated beings. We were created to live in community, and that includes all the complications that come with it. The mental health issue is ultimately “owned” by the one diagnosed with it, but as their caregiver, it is part of your life too.
I pray that you realize just how strong you are, and appreciate your limitations. I pray that you can honor your journey, knowing your journey is honored by God.
Know that you are not alone. Be open to constructive help. Seek others out. Take a breath. Keep living.
Most importantly, remember you are loved. God loves you no matter what.
Blessings and prayers…
Jani’s Journey – family website
Review of Boy in the Moon by Raising a Sensitive Child
Review of Boy in the Moon by New York Times
Physical and Mental Health Effects of Family Caregiving
The Sphors are Multiplying – the personal story of parents caring and grieving for a child
Alzheimer’s Cafe in Victoria, MN
International Caregiver Network
Family Caregiver Alliance
May is Mental Health month. Read my May 2014 posts if you are interested in learning more about the connection between mental health and spirituality. Each contains some relevant links. Also, click on an particular category or tag of interest.
Mental Health is a Spiritual Issues – post 1
Mental Health, Sensory Processing Disorder and Spirituality – post 2
Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression and Spirituality – post 3
Mental Health, Toxic Shame, and Spirituality – post 4
Mental Health, the Church, and Spirituality – post 5
Mental Health, Secrets, and Spirituality – post 6