Taking Care of Caregivers: Jaclyn
Last fall, Muscular Dystrophy Canada welcomed participants to its first Atlantic Caregivers Retreat weekends in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This post is part of a series. Learn more about the retreat by clicking here and you can read Alistar’s story here.
Tell us a bit about yourself and the person you care for.
My name is Jaclyn Gallant. I am the mother of three children: Micah (age 7), Maia (age 5) and Myer (age 14 months). Both Micah and Myer have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type II.
Although both of my boys have this condition, Micah is currently the only one showing symptoms. His physical abilities are not that of a typical 7-year old: he is unable to stand or walk on his own (although he can still crawl very slowly), and he drives both a powerchair and manual chair. He is continuing to lose muscle, and we have noticed he has gotten weaker over the last few months. He requires help to get in and out of his chair, to use the washroom, bathe, get dressed, get in and out of bed, and roll over during the night.