Sara Tapscott was living 200 miles from her parents and working full-time as a nurse when she considered moving closer to them. In a story in Next Avenue, she reflects on her decision.
“There’s so much guilt if you don’t do it,” she said. “But you also realize you give up your whole self to move, and in the long run, I didn’t think my parents would have wanted that.
“I went back and forth about it until they died. I still do.”
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