About 4 days ago I found this forum to share my feelings and resentment about having to be my mum's live-in-caregiver. I knew I would be understood and supported because everyone is in the same situation at some level. What I have come to realize by reading many of your stories and comments is that although I don't have the freedom in my life right now that my friends do, my life and my situation as a caregiver is not nearly as devastating and negative as some of the stories I have read. My mum is in a position to pay me a decent salary, she is not wealthy but financially comfortable, she lives in a house that is big enough that we both have our own space and right now she is not overly demanding, she is just spoiled. I do still have the freedom to get out for a few hours each day and I look forward to that. Before I became her caregiver I was self-employed as a geriatric caregiver, so I have dealt with many different situations. I feel my goal on this forum now is to realize that I don't have it that rough and to provide as much support as I can to those that do. You all have enlightened me, thank-you!