Family Caregivers: Inspiring Words For Caregivers Of Heart Kids

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Becoming a caregiver for a person with a chronic condition—like a heart defect—is a role most parents probably don’t imagine themselves having to take on for their child. But many parents and other family members of heart kids do take on the role of caregiver in some capacity.

Being a family caregiver certainly has its challenges, but it can also be rewarding in its own way. 

Also read: The 9 Best Things About Being a Family Caregiver

In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, here are words of wisdom, motivation, and inspiration to keep in mind.

Also read: Inspiring Words for People Affected By Congenital Heart Conditions

On Staying Positive

Life as a family caregiver to your heart kid may be full of ups and downs, but it’s important to face each day with a positive attitude:

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

—Jim Rohn

Acknowledge any limitations that may exist, but don’t build them into obstacles in your mind that prevent you from doing the amazing things you are capable of doing:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

—John Wooden

On Facing Self-Doubt

It’s okay to have moments where you find yourself questioning your own abilities. But it’s important to not let those self-doubts prevent you from trying new things in life:

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

—William Shakespeare

On Embracing Life’s Experiences

It’s also okay to question things—to ask, “Why did this happen?” But regardless of whether there is an answer to that question, the way we react to our experiences matters. It’s all about moving from “Why?” to “Now what can I do?”:

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”

—Aldous Huxley

On The Importance Of Letting Go

Falling into a cycle of dwelling on the “why” and not working toward the “now what” can keep us from growing as people, parents, caregivers, and any other roles we may take on in life.

Sometimes, taking a moment to realize that we feel stuck can help us move forward:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

—Lao Tzu

On The Power Of Love


Remember that:

“… whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.”

—Vincent van Gogh

Remember that while there may not be a universally accepted definition of what makes a family a great family, there is one thing that binds all great families together: love. And that is something heart families tend to have a lot of.


Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

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