Alan Rubel and Mike Tenaglia met in a waiting room at Mass General Brigham Hospital. Their wives were recovering from cancer surgeries. They became fast friends, as did their wives.
When the burdens of caring for their loved ones almost reached a breaking point, they leaned on one another for support and encouragement—and pushed forward together.
Mark's dad battled Alzheimer's for eight years before passing away in 2022. In his words, "Caring for my dad was the greatest burden, and yet, the greatest blessing of my life."
Between the three guys, they have nearly thirty years of caregiving experience. They published The Greatest Burden, The Greatest Blessing, with a goal in mind: to aim the spotlight on the invisible patient—the caregiver—to remind them that they are not alone in this journey.
This unique collection of personal caregiving stories, dealing with addiction, ALS, Alzheimer's, cancer, Down's syndrome, heart disease, paralysis, Parkinson's, PTSD, and other injuries and diseases, reminds us that there is no limit to what we can endure in the name of love.
To share your caregiving story for the next edition of The Greatest Burden, The Greatest Blessing, complete the Story Form or contact the guys through the website.
Article in Times Argus
Courtesy of WCAX and Joe Carroll, November 30, 2023
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