“My daughter, my goodness she’s strong,” says Sue, a mother of two kids. Her son was paralyzed when he was 10 and is a ventilator dependent quadriplegic. Although Sue’s daughter is not the one paralyzed, she has noticed significant changes in her daughter. Her daughter, who is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), has no intentions of becoming a nurse, but her mom, who is a nurse, sees her natural abilities. “She just naturally takes care of my son,” she says. “When they asked who was going to be trained as a home caregiver, she didn’t once hesitate.” Her daughter not only helps with care, but she’ll drop anything if her brother needs her.
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