Hi, my name is Julie. I live in Baytown, TX. I've been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandfather passed away in 2008 of lung cancer. And he left a journal. And in his journal, he stated how he felt alone and no one was there for him. And he just felt like no one cared for him. Although we would go see him, he just felt like he was alone in his battle, what he was going through. So after finding that out, I made a promise to myself that I would get in the medical field, and I would be that person that anyone that may be going through whatever they're going through needs it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to go into this open-minded. Don't consider it just a job because it's not just a job. It's a calling. If your heart isn't in it, then it's not for you. And most importantly, our patient, a top priority. Our patients are what matters most. It's not about ourself. You can't go into it selfishly. You have to be willing and ready to put your patient above all things. Because at that moment, while you are with your patient, they are what's important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is one of my patients that I have now doing hospice. She means so much to me. She encourages me and I encourage her in the same way. She has a downhill battle and she has her moments when she wants to give up. And she's depressed. But the fact that I can lend a listening ear and give a shoulder for her to cry on.