sacrifice is love

When Sacrifice is Love: A day in the life of a husband and caregiver to his wife

Sacrifice is love when you are a caregiver.

You know Casey Matheny as Studio 5’s style contributor. She brings smart fashion sense and tips to our show, but what you may not know is Casey misses her mom, even though she’s still here. Laneeda Lucero was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s 11 years ago when she was only 47 years old. The disease progressed quickly, and she’s now in the advanced stages. Casey’s dad, Jim, is Laneeda’s full-time caregiver.

Jim Lucero walks through a day in his life with Laneeda. He says that caregiving is hard in many ways, but the hardest part, he says, is that he misses his wife even though he is with her 24/7. He also shares how having the right outlook can make it so much easier. Casey shares how this disease has affected her family, and details on their Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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  • Casey I’m so sorry your family is going through this. My mom was 49 when she was diagnosed and after the seven longest years of my life seeing her struggle and progress insanely fast she passed away. That was five years ago and I miss her every day. It’s something you can’t understand unless you’ve gone through it. I admire your dad. I know it’s not easy. Hang in there. Sending my love and prayers.

  • Casey- your mom was my dear roommate in college. In Hawaii and in Provo. She had sparkling eyes, an infectious laugh, a kind heart and a love for your dad—- who we called Jaime! Those were beautiful and happy days. I’m so sorry fir the loss, the struggle and all those hard days. But this I know—- Laneeda loves each of you. And that will be forever. Take good care of each other. You have a dear and beautiful family💗