Let me say this... I think ALL caregivers deserve a gold medal, a year of respite that includes a free trip around the world, and the freedom to just live for themselves. However, as what I would consider a younger caregiver, I am interested in the struggles that accompany caregiving at such a young age. I would also like to hear from those that may not have significant others. Caregiving has definitely ruined my chances of having a child. The stress level alone would probably kill an unborn child. Not to mention that I would actually need to DATE in order to get pregnant (the odds of me getting married are also pretty low now), and let's just say that caregiving is NOT sexy. I don't even bother to fix myself up anymore. Why bother? ... and what about working? I thought these would be my earning years. I thought I would work hard and play hard, but my dreams of girls trips to exotic places are shattered. It's amazing how your friends disappear quickly when you can't go out anymore or spend half the evening out dealing with caregiving stuff... So... anyone else in my shoes?