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LarryB

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Review for Well Spouse Foundation dba Well Spouse Association, Freehold, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Prior to finding the WSA family I was a poster child for clinical depression. I barely managed to make it through each day – self-medicating, sleeping , withdrawing from the world that I felt had treated me unfairly. I was incapable of happiness and lived only to make it through the next medical crisis. I cared so much for my beloved wife that I ignored my own health concerns – eating too much, ignoring the need to have a hip replacement because I could not be spared from caregiving. Well Spouse for me is a place where everyone “gets it”, where there are no judgments, - just support. A family that cares about each other and helps us over the all too frequent rough spots in ways our own children, parents and siblings cannot. This place goes beyond friendship and speaks of acceptance and support. In fact, we even supply some hard-learned medical advice, how to navigate the ‘systems’, where to get help and just a plain old shoulder to cry on.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the comraderie and sense of self that returns to you after laboring alone through the trials of caregiving, balancing your love (and loss of a spouse) against the constant care you provide

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, caring and part of the family that 'gets it'.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach the 6 to 6 million spousal caregivers that labor daily unrecognized, caring for their loved ones, saving Medicare at least $51 million per year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Board Member & Whatever I can to support myself and others.