This week, Premiere Physical Therapy celebrated National Caregiver’s Day and they asked me to speak at a night tailored to Caregivers! I was excited to share my perspective on what it’s like to be in the position of the patient, the one that needs to be cared for BUT also to encourage them because without them, I’d be lying in a bed withering away. So, here’s a little modified glimpse into what I shared, a “thank you”
It has been about 7 years since that unforgettable night of the car accident. I have come a long way since then in my recovery, I have done many adventurous things too. I have gained independence at home, I can drive myself, cook, do my make up, and I have even started a blog. I have gone adapted skiing and surfing multiple times, I have traveled across the country north, south, east, and west. For my injury level, you would think that’s impressive!
The truth is, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish any of that without my caregivers. Seriously, once I get in my chair, I’m independent. But without them, I couldn’t get out of bed, put clothes on, sit up, take a shower, the outside public doesn’t know what goes on behind the closed doors. They don’t know how difficult some days can be. The days when, as a caregiver, you want to give up and walk out. When you want to throw in the towel.
You deal with our frustration, our dependency, our care, our appointments. You take on the burden of our diagnosis. You sacrifice more than I can imagine. You had experienced loss too, a loss of dreams as your future changed in the blink of an eye, and you had to watch your loved ones fight for their life and process the life changing days to come. Everything changed in our lives, but YOU remained the backbone.
You didn’t ask for this kind of life, no one does, but you are sticking around anyways. A lot of parents or loved ones run from this imperfect, messy, life. It’s true, I met multiple kids who were abandoned, growing up in the hospital. But you stayed strong for us and you continue to fight for us. So, for something I know I probably don’t do enough, is thank you. After everything you have done, a million times thank you. You make life worth living.