Friends are chosen family. Of course, my family held me as we navigated this journey. We held each other. My friends also held me, even from a distance.
When life is both and—joy and sorrow, sweet and bitter, fine and fighting for fine, we need a safe space to be with whatever we are holding. For me, it has been and continues to be with my friends.
Caregiving isolates the caregivers too, not just the patient. During my isolation from my friends, my friends continued to be my rock. Make sure you have a rock, a safe place to fall apart… or not fall apart.
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