Caring for your child starts with a healthy, happy you

posted on July 1, 2008 - 2:30pm
All parents make sacrifices in caring for their children, and it’s widely acknowledged that parenting is a full-time job. But parents of children with muscular dystrophy or other neuromuscular diseases know that their job is fulltime and then some. And although this job carries great joy, it also carries a higher-than-average risk of anxiety, depression and exhaustion — commonly called burnout.
posted on June 1, 1999 - 11:25am
Joan and Tim Lafferty receive a respite allotment from the Area Agency for Developmental Disabilities in Nashua, N.H., under the state Division of Health and Human Services. That allotment goes toward baby sitters and short-term respite. Through Medicaid, the couple has a home health aide two nights a week. "Having two sons with muscular dystrophy, after a while you get tired," Joan Lafferty...