Family caregiver loses her identity and creates an unrealistic world of her own: The true story of “Catfish”

Just this week I watched a movie that affected me greatly that I just had to write about it.

This is the story that we can all kind of relate to because of our social networks and interactions with people all over the world. It is the story of Nev Schulman a 24-year-old New York photographer who finds love via Facebook but more importantly is the twists and turns of the complete story of the woman behind it all, Angela Wesselman.

Angela Wesselman, whose real identity is not revealed until the end of the movie, was a troubled housewife who spent the bulk of her days caring for two severely handicapped stepson’s and building an elaborate web of online deception until it all spun out of control.

See the clips here: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/catfish-movie-tale-twisted-cyber-romance/story?id=11817470.

Angela speaks out:

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/catfish-woman-angela-wesselman-twisted-cyber-romance-abc/story?id=11831583

While this story is yet disturbing, I can’t help but remember her words in the movie when she stated that she married this man who had two severely disabled children and now found herself a full-time caregiver who lost her identity caring for these two children and created this crazy imaginary world of her own to find an escape.

The daily grind of caregiving can have tremendous effect on all of us and this is just one story of thousands of caregivers who try finding some kind of escape.

It can be very challenging caring for loved ones but accepting the things we cannot change and rolling with it is crucial to maintaining our sanity.

About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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