Life coach Karole Hough (pronounced “Carol Huff”) has had experience as a family caregiver in a few different settings.
She helped with caregiving when her mother-in-law had lung cancer, staying with her in her home while she was in hospice care.
Several years later, Karole and her husband moved Karole’s mother into their home with them.
Karole was full-time caregiver for 15 months before her mother had a stroke and died a week later.
Toward the end of 2016, Karole’s husband Doc began having a series of unrelated health issues that included back surgery, as well as kidney, cardiac, and circulation problems. After back surgery, he was unable to regain strength in his legs.
Several months later, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer, a form of leukemia.
The chemo did not work well with him. He began having different complications, including falling into a coma for several days. The family made the decision to put him into hospice care, knowing there was nothing more that could be done for him. He died in August, 10 weeks after the diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
Karole and Doc had been married 48 years before he died. He was a physician in family practice, and also urgent care, for 43 years.
You have lost the one you were caring for.
You have lost your caregiver identity.
You may have ongoing depression or anxiety.
You may not know where to go from here.