Patient Stories

Caregiver Q&A – Elsa Oliver, Richmond Liaison and Walk & Roll Chair

What is the most rewarding part of being a caregiver?
The most rewarding part of being a caregiver has been watching our relationship blossom into something deeper than love. Taking care of someone you love is very difficult but, the bond we have now is like nothing I have ever known and he knows that I will protect him no matter what. There is complete trust and that isn’t always easy to acquire.

What advice do you have for a new caregiver?
The advice I would give to a new caregiver is that they have to take care of themselves first. Stay healthy, rested and informed. You are their advocate and their voice; they need to take each day as it comes. Every day is a new day and any small improvement no matter how small is a step forward. It’s ok to question the doctor and it’s important to know everything they are doing to your person.

What is a personality trait that you have that you think has helped make you a great caregiver?
The personality trait that has helped me to be a great caregiver to Dwayne is my eternal optimism and positive outlook on our lives no matter how bad things became.

What made you decide to become a liaison and walk chair for the Foundation?
I decided to become a liaison and walk chair for the Foundation is that we did not have a liaison in the Richmond area and there wasn’t someone that I could physically talk to. I believe that it’s vital to someone’s outlook that they are able to meet someone in person and the ability to talk to someone who has been through the same process.