Once again, Caregiver's Bill of Rights...

KathiM Member Posts: 8,028 Member
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
I shared my life with 2 special needs daughters, one of which has since passed. But, as part of a program designed to support we caregivers, I was given this "Caregivers Bill of Rights".

I have this posted on my fridge....it helps me, especially during my cancer caregiving with my mom and sister. For all the special angels, unsung heros, our caregivers....


I have the right to take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one.

I have the right to seek help from others even though my loved one may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.

I have the right to get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.

I have the right to reject any attempts by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt and/or depression.

I have the right to take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my loved one.

I have the right to receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance from my loved one for what I do, for as long as I offer these qualities in return.

Hugs, Kathi


  • vinny3
    vinny3 Member Posts: 928 Member
    Thanks Kathi, I passed it on to a woman who is dealing with her daughter's serious illness. It helped to relieve some of her anger and guilt.