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Helping Yourself Help Others by Susan Golant, Rosalynn Carter

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Caregiving and Family Harmony

EVERY FAMILY HAS CONFLICTS—THAT’S THE NATURE OF HUMAN relations. Most likely some form of discord, even if minor, existed in your family before your loved one became ill. Family disharmony doesn’t suddenly disappear with the diagnosis of kidney failure or stroke either. Illness and the caregiving situation can worsen an already tense situation. Indeed, experts assert that caregiving often causes family friction and sometimes destroys the very relationship caregivers are trying so hard to preserve. In some instances the illness can lead to family disruption, divorce, and alienation.

How does this happen? Guilt and anxiety can interfere with communication between you and your ill family member. You may have been ...

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