So instead of suggestions of support groups and massages and special time to oneself, we would all do better to drop off a dinner (everything… not just a main course) or rake the leaves or run some errands or clean the gutters for a caregiver.
And I will pass along one thing that was so helpful to our family in dealing with ALS. We learned it from another family that had been dealt some pretty crummy cards in life. They had a 15-minute rule. You get 15 minutes of self-pity every day. When your 15 minutes are up, you have to move on and deal with life.
I can’t tell you how many times we had to remind one another that our 15 minutes were up. We smiled and moved on. The 15-minute rule was a caregiver’s best friend.
May God be with all who are caregiving and dealing with ALS, both this month, and every month.