When you are the caretaker of someone with a long term or perhaps even terminal illness, how do you ‘keep going’? How do you, day after day, do all the things that need to be done? Unless you have walked in those shoes, you don’t know how difficult it is. You can’t imagine how intense the physical and emotional fatigue is when there is no relief and seemingly no end in sight.
Some of you reading this blog are facing this type of situation. Perhaps you are in the midst of such a storm in your life, or perhaps you have finally reached the light at the end of your dark tunnel. If so, then you also have your words of wisdom, things you have learned or allowed God to teach you. Be willing to share your wisdom with other caretakers in your ‘circle of influence’.
God’s Grace is sufficient for the day. That is all we need. His Grace for today. His strength, His Wisdom, His Comfort, His Peace, just for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. There will be a day when life begins to return to normal and when the physical and emotional stress is less.
Taking care of parents with cancer is not unusual. Many many people have been afflicted with this disease. What was unusual for my sisters and I was that both our parents had stage 4 cancer at the same time. They were both intensely ill and required a tremendous amount of attention. It was thus far in my life, the most difficult period of physical and emotional stress I have every endured.
It was by allowing God to be for us what we needed each day, that we found this time, however difficult it was, to be filled with moments of sweetness and love, providing us with last experiences with our parents that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Only God could do that.
He can do the same for you. Allow Him to be for you what you need for the day.