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Donna Steigleder, Owner, Becoming a Family Caregiver

Donna Steigleder

Author, Becoming a Family Caregiver

Donna and Lynn on their wedding day

Donna and Lynn Steigleder

Married October 11, 1997 Three biological children; 1 adopted adult child

Lynn Steigleder

Lynn Steigleder

Donna's Husband, Author, Sci/fi/Fan books http://lynnsteigleder.com/

My Caregiving Journey

BLOG LIBRARY MY CAREGIVING JOURNEY I first became a caregiver raising a child with special needs. That marriage became a statistic of caregiving marriages and ended in divorce.  I remarried a few years later to a man supportive of my role of caregiver. It was ironic in a way because, within a few years of our marriage, his diagnosis of primary progressive multiple sclerosis resulted in my becoming his full-time caregiver.  As I have interacted with other caregivers and the healthcareefforts made to maintain or restore physical, mental, or emotional well-being especially by trained and licensed professionals More system over

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Our Story

Hi, my name is Donna. I’m the wife of a Multiple Sclerosis patient, Lynn, diagnosed in 2006. MSCaregiverSharing, my original blog site, was dedicated to telling the story of how I adapted to being both a caregiver and spouse to someone with multiple sclerosis. As part of that story; however, the fact that we had recently married and it was a second marriage for both of us, played a factor in how we adjusted. As is true with many second marriages, especially those with children, relationship issues associated with old baggage, got in the way of how well we dealt with

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Lynn’s Story

Lynn’s story began when he was a young teen.  His father, who was a carpenter, experienced difficulty walking.  His diagnosis of multiple sclerosis came soon afterward. His life and that of his familyThe basic unit in society traditionally consisted of two parents and their children but the family has now been expanded to include any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family. More changed dramatically with his diagnosis because at that time no treatments were available for MS.  Lynn remembers his Dad’s health declining quickly and progressing rapidly from a wheelchair to a

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Our Story Through Pictures of Our Family

Donna's Parents

My Mom and Dad

My Mom and Dad

The Day We Married

Our family on our wedding day, Oct. 11, 1997.

Our Wedding Day Oct.1997; My two children (Daniel & Sarah) in front of me and Lynn’s (Eric) son in front of him

Lynn's Parents

Evelyn and Albert Steigleder

Evelyn and Albert Steigleder

You might find it interesting to know that we have nine grandchildren.  Two are not shown here because they are currently waiting for their adoption to finalize. Of our nine grandchildren, seven have medical conditions requiring special consideration.  In addition, six of our eight children have medical conditions that significantly impact their lives. Furthermore, I have developed arthritis, fibromyalgia, abdominal and head migraines, and irritable bowel syndrome that impacts my ability to function.  impact my ability to function.