I am very sad. I have been sad for the past 2.5 years and I want to know what you think. My mom suffered a massive stroke in July of 2004 which left her left side paralized and she is on social security. To make things worse, my step-dad left and we lost the house. I have finally come to realize that I cannot take care of her in the way that she needs to be taken care of and live my life as well. Have any of you gone through this where you had debated doing this for your loved one and regretted it? Or situations where both of you ended up happy? I moved back to help out the situation after moving to California for almost two years. I think that I just sort of had a nervous breakdown and had to leave because I couldn't handle working full-time, going to school full-time, and being the only sibling who is not adding fuel to the fire of this horrible situation. I am so depressed and I don't know how we can even afford to do this. I am not a nurse, yet....just finishing up pre-requests in spring so that I can apply for the program. Since I have moved back in with her and my older brother I can't stand living in this situation and I hate admiting that. Do you think a nursing home is too much? I wanted to get her just assisted living, but I don't think that we can afford it. What does assisted living usually cost? We are just so hostile and impatient with each other and please believe me that I am not normally like that at all. I feel like such a female dog, but I don't know how I can better the situation. Your advice is greatly appreciated.