Did you know that “family caregivers of any age are less likely than non-caregivers to practice preventive healthcare and self-care behavior”? If you’ve ever missed a class or work to address an urgent request from the person with acromegaly (PWA) in your life, this fact may ring true.
Being an can be a fulfilling, if challenging, experience. However, if your daily schedule accommodates the PWA’s life as well as your own, that can leave little room for much else.
If left unchecked, this kind of set-up can have adverse effects on your emotional, physical, and mental health, and even make you feel socially isolated. Over time, you might find it difficult to show up not only for the PWA but for your friends, family, and especially yourself.
For these reasons and more, self-care is vital. In this blog post, we will explore the challenges of being an AcroAlly, especially in a family context, how to prioritize yourself, and learn how to navigate your evolving relationship with the PWA in your life.