Caregiver

I hear this term a lot. My family and friends describe me as a Caregiver because my husband has cancer. Me…. I don’t see it that way. I see myself as his wife. As we said in our vows…. For Better, For Worse, In Sickness, and in Health. We have experienced all of these. I am his wife. I know it is really a harmless term, but I feel that the term has just changed my role from wife to nurse. My love for him as his wife has not changed since I fell in love with him many years ago. We still “do” husband and wife “things”. I’m not sure everyone will understand where I am coming from, but some will and know they are not alone in their thinking and feeling…. how dare you change my role! Ok… lol…. maybe not that dramatic.

The term Caregiver seems to be used selectively (if that is not a word it should be!). There are a few meanings to what qualifies as a caregiver and yes, I could probably fit within some of them….but so could any Mother or Wife. Not to leave the men out who may read this…. Father or Husband too.

The things that make you go hmmmm…..

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