As most of you know my life changed back in March 2012 when I had a breakdown. 4 1/2 years later I have had 15 medical specialists, 3 Psychologists, 1 Psychiatrist, 2 Naturopaths. On top of this I have had churches and individuals around the world praying for my health and the support of numerous friends and family.
Something I have heard a few hundred times in the past few years is people asking me how my wife and children are coping with my struggles. These people are asking because it is not them who is struggling but their loved one. I hear terms like these people are floundering or drowning and they don’t know what to do. For the most part the people who have been forgotten in my journey are my wife and children. They have to deal with the ramifications of my anxiety, sleep struggles etc but they don’t have the support around them that I do. I have felt a growing desire to help these forgotten people. My problem with this is that I am not a caregiver to my spouse, child or parent, I am the one struggling. What I have decided to do is to collect stories from caregivers so that their stories can help others.
I am looking for stories if your spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, child, parents or a close friend is struggling with any of the following mental health issues:
- bi poloar
- other emotional issues
I would also love to hear from caregivers whose loved ones are struggling with:
- cancer or other disease
- chronic pain
- death of loved ones
- loss of job
- or anything else that you think might help others
I would love to hear how you are surviving. This is not how you are helping someone dealing with their struggle. It is you letting people know the boundaries, strategies, thoughts, supports that you have in place for you and/or your family to survive in these tough seasons of your life.
I will then collect these stories. package them up in a book (physical and digital) and we can then get a resource out for people who are caregivers.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
- When do I have to have the stories in by? Dec 1st, 2016
- Do I have to use my or my loved ones real name? No. Feel free to use a fake name but if you (and the person you are writing about) are willing to share your story you can also use your real names.
- How much should I write? I am not looking for a large chapter from each person. Maybe 500 words or less on what you are doing. I am flexible here.
- When will this book be out? As soon as I get the stories out and put the book together. Hopefully Spring/Summer 2017
- Will all stories be published? Once all the stories come in I will be able to see how many we have in each category (ie anxiety, cancer etc) I will pick (with the help of some caregiver friends) the stories that have the best strategies for other caregivers for each section.
All stories can be sent to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are thinking of writing a story if you could send me your name and email that would be great. That way I can keep track of how many people are involved.
If you know of someone who might be able to help in this project please forward them this blog.