Audrey from Pennsylvania
I was my mom's caregiver for 7 years due to a stroke that paralyzed her whole left side. I was not given the opportunity to care for my mother at home after her stroke she was put in a nursing home. The person who put her there abandoned her and me being her only child and with the love for her I had I went out every day. I am a single mother and it would often be me and my son there at the nursing home taking care of her.
The CNA's loved it because they had nothing to do. I would feed her, if needed change her, put her to bed, everything. I loved it because my mom had done that for me so I was honored to help her.
I lost my mom 2 years ago and it's still hard. I lost my best friend. The only thing that I would change about being my mother's caretaker would be that I would have taken care of her at home. Knowing what I know now all the options for home care. That is important information that people need to know. But I wouldn't trade the care that I was able to give my mom for nothing in this world.