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Rose DesRochers

I am really glad that you enjoyed my article. I wrote that thinking about my own family and how during my mother's illness many family members lost connection.

Rose DesRochers

I am really glad that you enjoyed my article. I wrote that thinking about my own family and how during my mother's illness many family members lost connection.

John Adelman

Mental Illness is Brain Disease. An illness is like a cold, you feel bad for a short time and recover with no residual or long term side effects.

Brain Disease requires much more attention than any illness. Don't forget the Neurologist in addition to Psychiatrist, Internist, and maybe talking therapy.

People with "qualifying mental challenges" have BRAIN DISEASE. Would you leave cancer, heart disease, or diabetes untreated.

The Stigma Attached to Brain Disease has most suffer when suffering is not needed.

John Adelman
Brain Disease Survivor
Susan B. Anthony Foundation
978-744-6466

Yvonne Kelly

The first thing a caregiver must recognize is the need to care for ones self properly before they can continue being of use to others. This thought is magnified when the caregiver is caring for a family member suffering with a mental illness. Any problem becomes compounded when one chooses to isolate himself rather than reach out to satisfy the need we all have for companionship. The article you discovered on the internet, “Honor Them with A Dance”, I’m sure completely covered why our need for companionship is so vital. As you stated, staying connected to others is a must for the long term happiness, and wellness of caregivers, who in themselves, are truly special people.
Remember, the best gift you could possible give your brother is your continued loyal love, which is what I’m sure he cherishes most. I can appreciate your conscious effort to put people first, and though you’ve never been the phone type, or been into writing letters, and sending cards maybe these would prove to be additional avenues you could try cultivated (at least to some small extent). I truly appreciate your efforts to stay connected.

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