Why We Care
Our families, communities and societies are increasingly experiencing extended illnesses, many of which are little understood and have far-reaching effects. Often, the unwelcome journey is heralded by a series of symptoms that are frequently subtle, disarming, and curious. As their frequency increases we become more alarmed and generally begin looking for answers. We often need to knock on a few doors to get an answer that we might be able to accept, begrudgingly, confusedly, with bewilderment, anxiety and/or anger. The diagnosis is a name on a process that generally offers various degrees of the category “usual.” What follows is a continual adjusting to life knowing the diagnosis and sometimes the prognosis, with new symptoms and developments occurring throughout. The course is typically unsteady and precarious to the person living with the illness as well as the primary care partner(s). The health and wellness of caregivers and care receivers is at a higher risk than we’ve experienced in the past, in part because illness is lasting longer and more direct care responsibility is placed on family members who are not trained health personnel. Most of us are unprepared for illnesses that take us by surprise, create a storm in our life unlike anything we have experienced in the natural world, that last years.
marymac missions is aware of the growing needs of individuals, couples, families, communities and societies who are living more with extended illnesses that threaten the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and economic welfare of caregivers, care receivers, and the communities in which they live. We are sharing life lessons which we believe will benefit families starting unwelcome journeys, families in mid-course, and families who are in a process of recovery and renewal.