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Local caregiver shares message of hope with humor

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Monday marks a significant anniversary for a Nashville man who recently teamed up with Jeff Foxworthy to raise awareness for National Caregiver's Month.

Peter Rosenberger's wife, Gracie, was in a car accident 30 years ago.  Looking at the wreckage, it's hard to believe Gracie survived.

She was 17 years old at the time and a student at Belmont University, road tripping to visit a friend.

"November 18 is a tough day in my house. It's a day every year. Sometimes it's a day my wife lets go by quietly. I don't," he told News 2.

Peter and Gracie met two and a half years after the crash.  She has undergone 78 surgeries, including amputations to both her legs.

"I thought, "This is an extraordinary individual and worth caring for." I didn't know what I was getting into. How could I?" Peter explained.

Along the way, they had two sons and started outreach programs for amputees and other caregivers.

Peter even comforts, consoles, and shares joke on a weekly talk show on WLAC Radio.

Recently, the AARP suggested a collaboration between Peter and Jeff Foxworthy to uplift millions of people during the month of November, National Caregiver's Month.

The two helped provide a little levity for those who spend their days with medical bills, insurance companies, hospitals and doctors visits.

Over 65 million people across the country are caretakers, and may not even realize how many others spend their time doing the same.

"Who's pushing the wheelchair? Who's standing in the corner of the hospital room? And who's keeping this thing on the rails? And how do we help them stay healthy?" Peter said of caretakers.

He discovered long ago that many don't know when or how long they could put in that role, so it's important to stay positive.

"I don't know how to fix it. I didn't cause what happened to my wife. I cannot change it. I can only do the best I can to care for her and she doesn't need somebody who looks like he's been gargling lemon juice all day to do it, and neither does anybody else," he explained.

Peter started his radio show about a year ago and says he talks to people of all ages who take care of loved ones.

It airs at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday on Newsradio1510 WLAC.

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