I’ve been meaning to post this for some time.
When a Chronic Illness hits a family, the whole family is so deeply affected.
The brave ones fighting Cancer, Lyme, MS – they are the ones doing the hard work, but the Caregivers can be the unsung heroes. (So are the kids- ours are. They astound me with their unwavering strength- our 15 year old daughter has said – with no hesitation- since Peter’s diagnosis ‘Mom, everything will be ok, trust me.’) Fear, Anxiety, Grief, Confusion – what the hell do I do? What do I make for my loved one to nourish them, am I doing the right thing, what will tomorrow bring?
For all of those fellow Caregivers out there – I know how you feel, I’ve been there, I’ve felt the same anxiety, grief, at times paralyzingly fear.
A very good piece of advice that Peter & I received early in his Cancer diagnosis last summer was – Sometimes when things seem so overwhelming, to keep your sanity, you just have to get through today, even if that means hour by hour. Get through this hour. Don’t think about next week, 6 months from now. Get through today. Tackle tomorrow when tomorrow gets here.
I gain strength sometimes hour by hour, by reading, by cooking, sharing recipes to help other Caregivers.
To the other Caregivers who write me to say thank you- thank you right back.
So I’ll keep cooking, recipe testing, writing, sharing- & sending much love to those kids, partners, parents who are fighting the good fight next to the ones they love.
I post all my recipes & more here on my site, & will keep doing that. That’s maybe how I cope.
Please forward to anyone who you think it may help. Be Well, Take Care & when need be, just take it hour by hour.
Love, Tamara ❤👩🏻🍳🇨🇦🙏