Family Stories

Family Stories

My name is Bonnie Timmreck. I care for my husband Tim who has Alzheimer's Disease, Tim's Alzheimer's surfaced about five years ago. A formal diagnosis was given two years ago. Alzheimer's long diagnostic process and progressive nature has meant that I have gradually taken on a caregiver role. I really do not have works to describe the ongoing grieving I'm experiencing as Alzheimer's changes each of us, our marriage and Tim's roles of Dad, Brother, Friend. He is slowly disappearing. When Tim was diagnosed, we were in Arizona enjoying a long-planned-for snowbird life... a dream which ended that day. We…
My name is Camilla Downs and I care for my 10 yr old daughter, Lillian Darnell. I have been providing care for about 7 years now. Lillian has a genetic abnormality which doesn't have a name as it only affects 1 in 50k people ... referred to as 18 p deletion or 18p-. The main way it manifests is that Lillian is speech impaired. I'm a single mom to Lillian and her 6 yr old brother Thomas and have been since December 2006. I knew I was a caregiver in December 2003 when I received a phone call from Lillian's…
My name is Marge Purdy and I care for my husband, Jerry. I have been providing care since our family doctor recommended that I should accompany my husband on all of his doctor visits. I knew something was different in our lives but couldn't put my finger on it. Jerry always had a great memory, could remember details better than anyone I knew, however there were major events we'd had in the past, like two trips to Alaska and another where we climbed Mt. Whitney that he couldn't recall. This was a huge flag for me that something was amiss.
My name is Nora McGinley, I have been providing care for my 90 year old Mother since June 2009, this is the hardest job that I have ever done! My Mother is almost blind from Glaucoma, she has congestive heart failure and a pacemaker. She started her medical journey with a pacemaker and then not three weeks later, she had to have a lead replaced that was laying on her diaphragm, and was given too much anesthesia and almost died. This is when I started becoming my Mother's caregiver.
My name is Robbin Vasquez. I care for my 2 sons, Zac: age 13 and Alonzo: age 17, as a single mom with a full time job. My 13 year old was diagnosed with autism just before his 3rd birthday. He was then diagnosed with leukemia when he was 6 and, after 28 months in remission, he was diagnosed with a relapse of his leukemia. When he turns 15 he will have been on chemo for half of his life. And.... My parents are in their 80s and although they can still get around they need ever increasing help with…

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