Full Circle: A Daughter’s Perspective

  • Arlene Reilly-Sandoval
Keywords: maternal caregiving, sisterhood, cancer, relationships, aging


This narrative is a story about the author’s experience with maternal caregiving and discusses situations involving aging and chronic illness. The author describes how culture impacts caregiving, and how the author learned to be respectful of her mother’s culture while managing the symptoms of chronic illness. This is also a story of sisterhood, of relationships lost and then rebuilt through the practice of relative caregiving. Finally, this is a story of hope amid unhappy circumstances of a cancer diagnosis, and how caregiving of a parent leads an adult child full circle; from being cared for, to caring for, and then to be cared for again by family.