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Thank You

For all the times you cooked dinner, because I couldn’t.

 

For all the times you picked up a meal because I kept insisting that I could cook, and then gave up and acknowledged that it wasn’t going to happen at 8 PM.

 

For all the times you reminded me to take my medicine.

 

For all the times you brought my medicine to me.

 

For all the times you helped me wash my hair.

 

For all the times you let me cry and yell without judgement.

 

For all the times you comforted me.

 

For all the times you lost sleep to ensure that I was able to get sleep.

 

For all the times you accompanied me to a doctor’s appointment.

 

For all the times you helped me prepare for a doctor’s appointment.

 

For all the times you helped me sort through insurance and medical bills.

 

For all the times you paid an exorbitant amount of money for several small vials of herb-water that you knew you’d have to hear me complain about for months.

 

For all the times you prayed for me.

 

For all the times you carried me to the bed.

 

For all the times you rubbed my feet.

 

For all the times you sent me memes and articles on Bigfoot sightings because you knew I needed to smile.

 

For all the times you loved me when I was not easy to love.

 

For all the times you packed up and moved to ensure I had a healthy healing environment.

 

For all the times you were the only one washing dishes or doing laundry.

 

For all the times you helped me make decisions that felt overwhelming.

 

For all the times you reminded me that this isn’t my fault.

 

For all the times you assured me that you meant it when you said “in sickness and in health.”

 

For all the times you put your own needs on the backburner to meet mine.

 

For all the times you’ve given me undeserved grace.

 

Thank you.

 

Living with a chronic illness is hard. Living with someone who has a chronic illness, I believe, is harder. Hubs does all this and more without so much as a second of hesitation and not an ounce of resentment. This is selflessness. This is sacrificial love.

 

To my Hubs and to all the spouses who double as caretaker, you have my utmost respect and deepest gratitude.

 

If you have a spouse/significant other/parent/caretaker of any sort who loves you sacrificially and serves you selflessly, give them a hug! Give them a shout out! Let’s make sure that those who walk beside us through it all know that they are appreciated!

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2 thoughts on “Thank You

  1. To the woman that has put up with me for 37 years, and a good part of that (about 17 years) she’s had to put up with Parkinson’s as well. The other 20 years she was supporting my Air Force career, enduring many deployments, and caring for two girls without me. I hate to label her as a caretaker, but after enduring 10 surgeries in 24 months she was by my side each time (driving through a snow storm on one occasion to be with me).
    She’s my Wonder Woman,
    Donna
    Love You

    Scott

    1. This warms my heart! I love the devotion and appreciation between you both. And, Wonder Woman sounds way better than caretaker anyways! I like it!

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