Love yourself first and take some time for yourself.
What are the most significant lessons you have learned from being a caregiver?
I have a gift given to me by God that gives me strength to handle these incredible responsibilities with a smile.
What’s the most difficult part of your daily routine?
Knowing that all of our life decisions rest on my shoulders. It can feel like the weight of the world.
What advice would you offer to other military and veteran caregivers?
Don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance or guidance. Tell your story to the right individuals and you will receive recognition and direction to programs that fit your needs. Participate in webinars, group meetings, and online chats to ease the burden of feeling alone. Love yourself first and take some time for yourself. Remember not to be so hard on yourself because you can only do the best you can for your veteran and your family.
Angela cares for her husband, Robert. They have been married for 21 years and have one daughter in college. Angela's husband served in Iraq in the Air Force and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress, post traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) and depressive disorder. Many years went by before she understood there was something wrong. The constant mood changes, long stretches of silence, and the emotional numbness he displayed greatly affected their marriage and their daughter. They continue to face challenges each and every day, but push through.