This daughter felt duty-bound to help her parents even though her sister refused to get involved because of the way their parents lived their lives up to that point.  The caregiving daughter (who chose to remain anonymous) explains why she became her parents’ primary caregiver, and why—despite paying a steep personal price—she views her caregiving journey as the most rewarding experience of her life.  A Manhattan co-op meant for her niece and nephew became hers out of necessity, and her mother’s life-threatening spinal stenosis, later diagnosed as cauda equina syndrome, led the family to spend $20,000/month for caregivers. The result: her mother become eligible for Medicaid.  The caregiver in this conversation has chosen to remain anonymous.  Note: this episode originally aired May 1, 2016.  We have an update at the end of the show.

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Music: “Reflections Across the Sky” by Scott Holmes | CC BY | Free Music Archive