Being a young adult and caregiving for a parent is a tough role. You’re young, ready to conquer the world, ready to take risks and kick butt…but living simultaneously in this world of young adult-hood and in the world of being a caregiver is a challenging task. With differing paces and expectations these worlds clash in so many ways.
My first glimpse at the world of cancer began with my mother’s diagnosis of a brain tumor in March 2009. I was one of her primary caregivers until his passing in December 2010. I recently began writing about my experiences as a young adult caregiver with Cancer Knowledge Network. Processing my experience as my mother’s caregiver has taken a lot of time, tears, and patience. Our relationships with our parents are intricate and they gradually transform as we become adults. Cancer both accelerates and challenges this.
Are you a young adult caregiving for a parent? Tell us about your experiences!