Too often, caregivers feel neglected and alone. The poem, “We are not a Machine” by Jerry Ham, reminds us that caring for a loved one takes a toll on caregivers both physically and mentally. We must remember to acknowledge the sacrifices that they make every single day and check in on them.
About the author: Jerry Ham left his job to be a full-time caregiver for mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for six years, until her death. The responsibilities took a toll on his personal and social life, and he found writing poetry as an outlet to express his feelings.