Most Americans will become caregivers at some point in their lives. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. The typical caregiver is married and employed, with children under the age of 18 at home. It's no surprise that many caregivers find themselves burning the candle at both ends, as they juggle work and parental responsibilities with their caregiving duties.
Heidi Krieger became part of the LLS family when her daughter Grace was diagnosed with leukemia. Here in her words is the story of a survivor, her daughter Grace.
We had just brought home a new baby when Grace, not even two years old, was diagnosed with leukemia. During the day, I was busy and distracted caring for two, small children; but at night I cried—how would I ever live without my Grace?
Her life was saved by research. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s funding over the years have contributed to major advances that helped get our daughter into remission. Still, the fear of relapse stayed with us. LLS helped with that too. An LLS volunteer—her son was a survivor—answered my questions and gave us so much hope.
Grace is in kindergarten now—she’s a little ballerina who also wants to play soccer! We are one grateful family.