Companioned Isolation: The Untold Story of Caregiving, Housing and Loneliness

“Avis Hitchcock, a 30-year-old from Florida, has cared for their parents for six years. Both of their parents have battled two types of cancer, from which both are currently in remission. However, due to the deteriorating effects of the disease, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, caregiving remains a necessity.

When asked about how they experience loneliness, they explain, “There’s a sense when I’m sitting with them in a room doing these things, I’m with them, and they’re with me, but there’s this deep sense of… the reality that I can only imagine they feel lonely on their end because they are going through it and I have no idea what that’s like.”

“Moreover, they have no idea what I’m going through. We’re working with each other as best as possible, but there’s a divide in it. I’m having to do things for them… there’s a big surrender of having to rely on someone,” Hitchcock says.”

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