Kim Adamle from The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above is the wife of former NFL player and broadcaster Mike Adamle, who is living with probable CTE. How does Kim approach each day to make sure both she and Mike have the support they need? She explains in her own words below:
Caring for someone with suspected Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can be overwhelming. Sometimes I feel panicked. As a caregiver (Mike and I actually avoid using the term caregiver, because it sounds one-sided; we really think of this as a partnership), you may find yourself with so many responsibilities that you neglect taking good care of yourself. Caregiver burnout is real, and you need to take deliberate steps to avoid it. That starts with building and fostering a support network to take care of your own well-being, and establishing a routine that keeps you physically, mentally, and emotionally strong yourself. It may sound selfish, but it's nearly impossible to be there for someone else if you don't first take care of yourself. Watch the video below to learn more about how Mike and I have set up these support systems, and how important it is to establish honest and open communication as you work together to fight the symptoms of this disease.