Marriage – It’s something we do willingly when we’re young and in love. We take our vows with the thought of a long and happy life. The idea of growing old together fills us with joy. We picture ourselves traveling in our retirement years until eventually, we come to rest in matching rocking chairs on the porch of our home.
The picture is vivid. Until it all is thrown out the window due to sickness.
Suddenly the picture you’ve painted no longer exists. One of you needs care, and the other is “forced” to give it. You didn’t ask for the job. You don’t really want it. But you do it out of love.
Unfortunately, there is never an opportune time for caregiving. It isn’t something you plan for or schedule on your calendar. It happens, and you deal with it. It changes everything, often in a split second. [Read more…]