When it's you, your spouse and your caree, you can feel like you often choose your caree over your marriage. How do you cope with the stresses and rigors of caregiving and take care of your marriage? Linda Goin, who cares for her dad and cared for her mom, shares what she learned about taking care of her marriage during caregiving.
Linda Goin is a 60-year-old writer and entrepreneur. She's now writing a memoir about her experiences about caregiving her mother, who died from bile duct cancer in June 2014. Linda spent the better part of 2013 and 2014 caregiving her mother in her parents' home, and she's now a long-distance caregiver to her Dad. Although the distance between her home and her parents' home is only eight hours, that distance is just enough to make things complicated. The length of time Linda spent with her parents away from her home took a toll on her marriage; but, she and her husband are learning how to work things out through "co-caregiving" this time around.