Jerri Danyelle McElroy A Life for A Life

First post: Nov 13, 2019 Latest post: Sep 15, 2022
I'm Jerri, and he's Jerry.  I became a caregiver by circumstance, not by choice.  It's a title that was forged upon me, with no regard for the roles I already had in my life.  There was no request, no consideration, no time to transition, just....happening.  I am a caregiver to my father, and that's that.  Some would say I've been a caregiver since 2017, but I don't think I really "felt" it until 2018 when my father's health declined drastically.  In February 2018, he went bowling for his 66th birthday, and by September he was being discharged to my home on a stretcher connected to a feeding machine.  :-(    Drastic is an understatement.
While I've always kept my own personal record of this journey, I've only recently decided to share our story abroad as I've come to understand the caregiver community more and more.  It really is a journey worth sharing.