A caregiver is a family member or guardian who provides care for a person who is ill.
Pituitary disorders can dramatically affect the caregiver’s life. Caregivers can be thrust into a role they are not prepared for, as the patient experiences emotional, social, physical, and financial impacts from their disorder. As a caregiver, you were probably dealing with some of these things long before a diagnosis was made. Adapting to your new reality may not be easy, but you are not alone. The Alberta Pituitary Patient Society supports caregivers of those with a pituitary disorder. You need as much information and support as the patient needs.
Caregivers provide the support that is so critical to the lives of pituitary patients. The APPS can help caregivers do that. Caregivers also need support themselves.
As a member of the APPS, you can choose to:
On the plus side:
On the down side:
There are real risks to your mental and physical health. As caregivers, we need to be informed. We also have to focus on ourselves. We need to be healthy and happy ourselves to be able to provide the best care to our loved ones.
Watch for signs these signs. If any of these signs are present, please contact your doctor.
Information provided courtesy of Caregivers: Life Changes and Coping Strategies