My Caregiver Story: Mary

Posted Friday October 06, 2023

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In the quiet corners of our communities, there are unsung heroes whose stories often go unheard. Mary Ponder is one such hero, a resilient woman who is the primary caregiver for her elderly mother. Mary has experienced stress, isolation, and even moments of depression that often accompany the act of caregiving.

Mary’s story is a testament to the challenges faced by millions of caregivers worldwide. The emotional and physical toll of looking after a loved one, while deeply rewarding, can be overwhelming. Mary’s life took a positive turn when she discovered the Caring for Caregivers program offered by the Center For Closing The Health Gap, a lifeline that brought hope.

Caring for an elderly parent can be both beautiful and burdensome. For Mary, the responsibility of being the primary caregiver for her mother meant at times sacrificing her own needs and even her well-being. 


“The journey of caregiving is often lonely. You’re giving your all, but it can feel like nobody sees your struggles.” Mary confessed.


Mary found hope in the form of the Caring for Caregivers program initiated by the Center For Closing The Health Gap. This program was a safe space for caregivers like Mary, offering them the support, resources, and understanding they so desperately needed. 

The Caring for Caregivers program became Mary’s lifeline, teaching her the importance of self-care amidst her caregiving duties. Through counseling, support groups, and access to vital resources, Mary began to regain her strength. She learned that taking care of herself was not selfish but essential. 

Mary’s journey is a reminder that caregivers are not alone. There are programs and communities ready to lend a helping hand, providing the support needed to navigate the challenges of caregiving. Her story also stands as a beacon, illuminating the importance of self-care in the often-overlooked world of caregivers.

As we celebrate Mary’s strength and resilience, let her story serve as a call to action. Let us recognize the silent heroes among us and support them in their journey. Together, we can ensure that no caregiver feels alone, and that every caregiving journey is filled with the compassion and support it truly deserves.

In the words of Mary herself, “The caregivers program really helped me to prioritize self-care and connected me to resources that helped both me and my mother.”

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