Financial impact – Drew


Drew chooses not to calculate the financial cost of being a caregiver.


And so that’s been a great, a great thing. […] There’s probably not a family caregiver out there who wouldn’t say the same thing, that there could always be more funding. And I look at things I guess slightly differently, from the standpoint of saying the financial cost to me, as the caregiver, I choose not to calculate because I don’t want to know—because it’s probably bad. But at the same token, my family has a roof over their head; we’re not destitute because of the sacrifices we make. I work hard.

Could I be further ahead professionally without being a family caregiver? Yes. […] I’ve probably, let’s put it this way: probably for me, it’s probably about a 20% difference in terms of, I think, where I would be at if I was able to fully invest myself into my professional career. But the reality is, if I’m on-call every night and I have a rough night, I chose to be the person who is there to assist. And if that means I need some flexibility with respect to my working career, then so be it.

Again, I think there’s a part of me that says “I am living the legacy of her own vulnerability” in the respect that I’ve never once ever thought to myself that I haven’t taken for granted every day I have—particularly with my kids. […] I would be remiss if I didn’t take that away from this situation that my mother had no warning, had no knowledge, nothing whatsoever over essentially going to bed as the mother of 3 children and spouse of her soul mate, so to speak, to waking up with nothing of that. So for me to wake up and not acknowledge that, and to try to structure my life in a way that means I can do those things, is there a financial cost? Yeah there is a financial cost. No doubt about it. But again, I’m happy with the choices I made. I don’t expect that there should be some you know tree of money, so to speak, that allows me to make all the decisions I want without some consideration for a sacrifice, right?

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