November is “National Family Caregiver’s Month.”
“It’s not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.”
— Mother Teresa
Commemorate the Caregivers in Your Midst!
Several weeks ago I had major surgery. It’s been a scary, and disorienting time, and I have been impacted in ways I never imagined. The prayers, texts, notes, cards, visits, meals and other acts of love from my family and friends—including their holding vigil in my hospital room—has sustained me. They have been my “safety net” so to speak, and I feel less vulnerable and alone as a result.
November is National Family Caregiver’s Month. To commemorate this annual observance, Maria Shriver, in her November 3 Sunday Paper, drew attention to the role of caregivers: “Caring for another human being is God’s work, and can be exhibited in so many ways. When a person feels cared for, the world suddenly feels a little less scary and a lot more OK. When you feel cared for, you feel soothed. You feel secure. You feel safe. And trust me, feeling safe is huge.”
Shriver goes on to say, “While Washington D.C. talks about impeachment, and the news reports stories about division, anger, and hate, please know that there are a lot more stories of love and care out there than you could ever imagine. There are way more people stepping up to care for those they love—including their parents, their spouses, their siblings, their children, and their friends.”
Thank you, Maria Shriver, for drawing attention to all the caregivers in our midst who are doing “God’s work.”And, thank you to my wonderful friends and family who have been there for me during my recent health crisis!
Rebecca S. Hauder, RN, LCPC