It took many years before I found the courage to get help for depression, because it was so hard to overcome the stigma and shame that I needed professional help. Turns out I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Having help from counseling, medication, and a community of faith has given me much healing and hope for a better life. Watch the video of this story from DJ Chuang.
My Dad passed away last year (May 2011) after having a strong 2.5 years before that. The stroke put him on a slow and steady downward path of declining health, first with memory loss, emotions out of control, then loss of mobility, loss of speaking. Ending with loss of life. Caregiving in a Chinese family context is filled with filial piety and love in action. It is a hard road.
DJ Chuang and brother Deef Chuang talk about the life and end of life matters with their Father, giving candid insights through their story as Chinese / Asian Americans – recorded via ustream.tv on 5/25/11; also see Remembering Bob Chih-Pao Chuang at djchuang.com/2011/remembering-bob-chih-pao-chuang/