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The Lies I Tell

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This video got me thinking about how I have lied to my loved ones.  I lied to my son Nicholas when I said it would be alright after his hip surgery (the truth is, I had no idea.. and in the end, it wasn’t alright).  I lied to Nick and to my Mom when I said “honestly, it’s no trouble at all!” (and I will continue telling this lie until I can no longer be of help).  I lied often when I said “I’m fine!”

But I tell the truth, too.  If a procedure is going to hurt, I always tell my Nick.  If I’m worried, I tell my loved ones.  And if I think we should go to the hospital or call the doctor, I tell them – I tell my family the plans I believe we should make for their care.

What lies do you tell your loved one? What lies do you tell yourself?

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About the Author

Donna Thomson , Caregiver

Donna Thomson cares for her adult son with severe disabilities and for her Mom who is still feisty at 93. She's the author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I've Learned From a Life of Caregiving (The House of Anansi Press, 2014) and blogs regularly at The Caregivers' Living Room. Donna is the Caregiving Advisor for Tyze Personal Networks, a free online tool designed to help caregivers coordinate a network of support.

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