I am Vena 71 years, married for 47 years to my husband who was diagnosed in 1992 (23 years ago) with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. Together, we have 4 adult children.
Here’s my story & my journey:
In 1967 I left my job and family in the Caribbean, beautiful Trinidad & Tobago, my homeland, and headed to Canada intending to attend university and become a teacher. I was young, vivacious and full of life. I love adventure and was curious to experience a different way of life, I was ready to face the world.
In the fall of 1968 I marry my husband, started a family in 1969 and within 10 years of marriage we produced 4 beautiful children, life was good, we were working and raising our young family. Little did I know that the universe would throw my family a real life’s curve and it was up to me to play the card I was dealt. Living and dealing with multiple sclerosis in my family became my new adventure.
I am the caregiver for my husband he has chronic progressive multiple sclerosis for 23 years. In my tumultuous journey I have experienced an abundance of highs and lows, unimaginable emotions and health issues. I understand and appreciate the need for real help in maintaining caregiver wellness.
As a caregiver myself, I wish to emphasize the importance of paying attention to your own health. You must put in place a plan with a healthy balance so you do not become overwhelmed with responsibilities thereby neglecting to care for yourself. I help caregivers become more assertive and ask for the help they need. You must pay attention to your inner well being first, in order to take care of anyone else. This may come across as selfish, however, the opposite is true. Care giving starts with you, you are your #1 priority.
Too often the concern is focused on the sick or disabled person and the needs of the caregiver are overlooked, forgotten, or get lost in the shuffle.
Based on my real life’s experiences I wish to share my story by helping caregivers living in my world of care giving.
Today, more and more families are tasked with the responsibility of caring for a loved one and in most cases, financial resources are limited. Whether or not you are caring for your loved ones at home or outside the home, there are expenses to cover, life goes on and the bills must be paid.
Unable to sleep at 4:00 o’clock one morning, so stressed out, I got out of bed, turned on my computer and began surfing the internet. As I search for online business opportunities, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate and decided to become a member. Determined to make a difference in my life I felt I had found the perfect platform. After all, I came to Canada to become a teacher and It probably was divine intervention that guided me here to embrace this amazing opportunity and share my experience with the world. The link below is helping me to bring real change to my life.
In February 2015, I started a blog. I am now writing a book for caregivers that I will self publish within the next 4 – 6 months. My passion for writing and sharing together with the excellent training and support through the Wealthy Affiliate community enables me to add a new dimension to my life.