Kathryn, You are making big sacrifices for your Mom. Have you contacted the ALS society for assistance? They may have volunteers to help you out. You really need a break and see friends and have a life- albeit a shorter social life. I would also urge you to contact another young caregiver, who recently posted that she wants to connect with someone her own age- (she cares for her mother-in-law full time) maybe that could be you? Her name on the forum is JackieMurphy. You can go on her profile page and leave a visitor message. I hope this helps you, in some small way. If you ever need anything- feel free to contact me.