Eleanor Gaccetta is a Colorado native who grew up in a small farming community just outside the City of Denver. After graduating high school, she worked for the State of Colorado for 31 ½ years serving her last seven years as a legislative analyst for the Departments of Human Services and Medicaid. During the early years of her career she endeavored to obtain both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Regis University. After leaving State employment, she worked for the City and County of Broomfield as a policy analyst for 7 years and then returned to the State of Colorado as a private contractor. She was forced to retire from nearly 40 years as a professional employee when her mother fell and broke her hip at the age of 93. Armed with faith, humor and love she was able to navigate a full-time caregiving journey until her mother’s death at age 102. She currently lives in Arvada, a suburb west of Denver, and enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
This journal is about my experiences as a caregiver. I believe we are all given a role in life and each person’s role is unique, but similarities exist. It is imperative in caregiving to find a balance necessary for a peaceful existence in what is often a very trying situation.