Family Caregiver's Sharing of Experience

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Like other caregivers, I feel easier to seek support and learn caregiving knowledge after passing through the stages of grief and denial. Those years were serious challenges to me! To overcome such adversity, I believe that caregivers’ attitude did have crucial impact. Don’t you realize that caregivers are usually short of emotional support rather than materialistic ones?  

There is so much uncertainty in the recovery journey. Caregivers shall learn essential caregiving knowledge and skills, but we also need to endure discrimination from the community. Our efforts spent on learning, caregiving, seeking help, and instilling hope are all essential, but the recovery journey counts more than just these elements. Caregivers shall not forget to maintain good health (both physical and mental) and good relationship with the one(s) being cared. More importantly, caregivers may find their everyday life more fulfilling if their personal aspiration/growth can be realized in the recovery journey.

Even though caregivers are facing the above mentioned challenges, the principles of altruism and self-reliance can still be incarnated in our daily life. For instance, I joined the caregiver mutual aid group “Heart to Heart Club” (and was nominated as its Committee member), participated in the Fellowship’s Art Exhibition, led painting classes for service users, and wrote reflection articles for RFI. Other than activities held by the Fellowship, I also organized two art exhibitions with my friends. I have recently started helping a self-help group in Tin Shui Wai as well. 

Sharing the sense of commitment, I believe we can find our lives fruitful and meaningful through participating in caregiver programmes and community activities.

 

Mr. CHAN Shiu-keung 
Member of Heart to Heart Club Committee