I have been caring for my mother in my home for the past 7 1/2 years. She has been through several surgeries, multiple falls, and other medical issues and is now exhibiting signs of significant cognitive decline as well. As I have worked relentlessly to keep myself sane during this time (which has been, as you can imagine, challenging), I have become aware of the unique challenges of being a family caregiver when you are an only child. As I have scanned so many forums and websites looking for not only general information, but also for guidance for other 'only's, there's not a lot out there. I'm curious how many others like me are taking on this really difficult role, and how they have navigated it.
If you're an only child who is now or has in the past taken on this role of caregiver, I would love to know more about your story, what's worked for you, what's allowed you to stay sane and healthy in the midst of what I've experienced as one of the hardest things a human being can take on.