Out From The Shadows

It’s easy to forget to look after yourself when caring for a loved one who is seriously/terminally ill. This article is an excellent reminder that the caregiver is just as important as the person being cared for.

Home Instead Senior Care of Akron OH


A few months ago, the New Old Age blog in the New York Times ran a piece called Seeing The Invisible Patient, which cites an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association  (JAMA) calling for health care providers to be more tuned in to the caregivers of their patients — and to be willing to provide referrals for resources that can help support them.

We’re all for that, but we don’t think it should stop there. We think caregivers themselves should be more clued in to their own needs, too.

The writer of the Times piece starts off, “Not once in the years I cared for my mother did any of her physicians ask me how I was doing. When was the last time I saw my own physician? Was I eating properly? Sleeping enough? Depressed?…Frankly, I didn’t notice their apparent lack of concern.”

When you’re caring…

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

3 thoughts on “Out From The Shadows”

  1. That’s a good reflection. We usually give for sure that the caregiver is the strong person aside the patient and that its needs are fulfilled. But are normal persons that are carrying a heavyweight. Curiously while they have some one to take care of, they usually have good health. It’s like the interest in other wellbeing gives some immunities. Doesn’t mean that their own needs should be forgiven. Nice post!


    1. Great words and I agree (as a caregiver twice over in a past life) that your needs should never be forgotten even while caring for others. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon 🙂


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