In my almost 21 years, it wasn’t until about a year ago that my eyes were truly opened. I became a Senior Companion at the age of 19 and knew right away that I was meant to work with the elderly. After realizing this, I became a CNA and am now a Caregiver. I currently take care of the sweetest Ninety-seven-year old you’ll ever meet! To be a Caregiver means having the responsibility of a person’s physical care and emotional support when they are unable to independently. This might mean feeding, bathing and providing a sense of companionship to someone depending on the person. Becoming a Caregiver is the greatest gift I could have ever received in this lifetime. I have learned the value of patience, kindness and living each day to the fullest. Being a Caregiver requires a massive amount of patience – something I lacked prior to becoming one. The things that were once important to me are incomparable to the things I value most now. Working with the elderly has taught me the value of what it means to be physically independent. I have a greater appreciation for the things I am able to do on my own. One of the greatest things I have learned since becoming a Caregiver is how precious life is. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2017 and thought that was enough to teach me all the lessons in the world about appreciating each day – I was wrong. I realized that one day I’ll be old and grey and all I’ll have left are the stories I’ll get to tell reflecting my memories. Even more than my Lupus diagnosis, becoming a Caregiver prompted me to make each day count even more so than before. Another thing I learned from becoming a Caregiver is that goodbyes are inevitable – so it’s important to cherish each moment because we don’t know which will be our last. Becoming a Caregiver has taught me a new level of kindness - to be kind to strangers, to the people who may seem like they need a helping hand. I am so grateful to do what I do and will forever cherish the things I have learned since entering into the role of a Caregiver!