My husband and I met in 1995, when we were working at the same factory. Falling in love was a natural process for us, despite our age gap of eight years. It was then that he told me he has schizophrenia, but I still felt deeply for him as who he is, and accepted his condition.
Later, when my father-in-law was diagnosed with dementia, I decided to take him under my roof. Due to issues with the family, no one was able to care for him. Again, it was natural to embrace and stand with my husband’s father. From the time of caring for my dad upon my mum’s passing, I always felt it was in me to be there for the people I cherish.
In a bid to better support my husband, I attended CAL’s Caregivers-to-Caregivers Training Programme for persons with mental health issues (C2C PMHI) class via their Individual Training Support programme. I’m very grateful that there is such an option as I could gain knowledge and encouragement despite my family’s circumstances.
Cityruth Cocoanna Christian
I also attended the Caregivers-to-Caregivers Training Programme for persons with dementia (C2C-Dem) in August this year, where I was introduced to counselling services from ECTA. The emotional support provided a real boost to my caregiving and personal journeys.
Recently, I had to undergo an operation to repair the ruptured blood vessels in my eye, which was a complication from my dialysis treatments. However, I still wish to give my best for my loved ones. They are my strength – the reason why I keep going and doing what I do!
Now besides my family, I have also come to speak to my neighbours about my husband’s condition. I believe that by establishing an open platform for sharing, it would help to foster a community of empathy and understanding.