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What I wish I knew as a working caregiver

What I wish I knew as a working caregiver

I was a family caregiver in the sandwich generation for over six years. While raising two children, I was simultaneously caring for aging parents. At the time, my husband was also juggling caregiver responsibilities. He was the primary caregiver for his divorced mom, who had stage 4 lung cancer. I cared for my widowed mom with multiple chronic health conditions, including COPD, diabetes, and mobility issues. Our multiple competing roles made my husband and I feel squeezed. Layer on both of our full-time jobs, and we were barely hanging on to our messy lives.

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