Care During a Pandemic with Cynthia Adams-McGrath

by | Apr 20, 2022 | 0 comments

Cynthia Adams-McGrath is a longtime caregiver and coauthor of Wellness for Winners: Your Guide to Wellness, Success, and Happiness. She took the time to share her journey as a caregiver for her son with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, David, with Taylor Conley, the executive director here at The Center for Caregiver Support. 
Cynthia has struggled to take care of herself during the pandemic. She writes and exercises with different groups that she enjoys. Cynthia and her husband have also been going on weekly date nights and having fun. It can be so easy for caregivers to get in a rut and feel stuck in their house, but something is better than nothing. Take a break for an hour to read, watch a show, or enjoy some quiet peace and quiet for a while. Connecting to others through spirituality can also be a great outlet for connection and hope. Everyone has to find their own way to care for themselves and revitalize themselves. The internet provides a great medium for connecting to others. 
From Cynthia:
“The role of caregiver/mom, dad, or other person is challenging though we have to find the light even if it is through a pinhole. We are brave through difficult times. Support is paramount for caregivers. We need to honor ourselves for who we are because in my belief, God gave us this opportunity to do his work. I also find it ironic for me to give to others, my time a text a small token replenishes me.
“Another thought parents of adult children with special needs may have to do some things i.e. toileting and other personal tasks. For me if I put myself in a mindset that while doing these things I say I am his nurse rather than mom. Then when I am done, I am his mom, which works for me.
“Parents aren’t perfect though, if we make, say, or do something with our child who has special needs, the guilt will just overwhelm us. We are human and should allow ourselves some grace. I feel fortunate that I can talk to David and say, “Son, I am frustrated with what you have said or the situation”, not with him as a person. Although once in a while I get frustrated with him. It is so important that we as caregivers acknowledge that we are doing the best we can and it is alright. That’s why it is good to have another parent who understands to chat with.”
The Center for Caregiver Support thanks Cynthia for taking the time to share her story.

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