For Our Family, the Word ‘Caregiver’ Opened Our Eyes to Reality

For Our Family, the Word ‘Caregiver’ Opened Our Eyes to Reality

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For Our Family, the Word ‘Caregiver’ Opened Our Eyes to Reality

In the year before my mom, Holly, underwent a double-lung transplant due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), “caregiver” felt like a cursed word to us. When my mom was diagnosed, the nurse care coordinator invited her to a pre-transplant support group. The invitation was also extended to my dad, and the coordinator used the word “caregiver” instead of “husband.”  It probably wasn’t a big deal for the nurse coordinator, as they likely didn’t view the…

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