Caregivers are often thrust into a role for which they could not have prepared or have imagined. They must quickly become an expert and advocate for their loved one.
This was the case for Steve Schenck, whose wife, Becky, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Brain Cancer and given 12-15 months to live. Upon her diagnosis, he retired early from his job, helped to make crucial, quick medical decisions, and went on to care for her for 10 years.
Steve acknowledges that while some may view caregiving as an obligation, it’s important to recognize that it’s a gift. He agrees with a University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Caregiving Handbook that says, “there is no work more important, more challenging or more meaningful than caring for a loved one who is ill” or dying.