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Caregiver burnout

D'Anjou, William E.

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000412268.84662.37
Departments: Letters

Fontana, CA

Some years ago I remember reading about “caregiver burnout” in your magazine. I believe I made a copy of the article, intending to prevent this from happening to me, and then forgot all about the advice given—until it happened to me.

My wife, Mary, had a stroke in March 2006. God spared her life. She is still doing very well, but it has been incredibly stressful. I have gone from about 184 pounds in 2009 to about 152 now due to the stress. In the process, I have had CT scans and a PET scan because the doctors thought cancer was somewhere in the mix.

By the grace of God, I am feeling okay, but I miss my pounds. At 6 foot, 4 inches tall, I did not know it was so hard to gain weight.

William E. D'Anjou

Fontana, CA

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