Ten Things I have Learned from Parkinson’s

It is no secret that there are good days as well as difficult days for us as caregivers. Some days life moves along with very few minor bumps in the road. But then there are those other days when we just want to give up. I have had both, and I’m sure you have also.Continue reading “Ten Things I have Learned from Parkinson’s”

The Fine Line

As caregivers, we know that we walk a fine line most of the time. We are constantly making decisions between 2 things, some of which are consequential, and others that are trivial. And at times it is exhausting! We must decide:           How much to assist our loved one. Should we let them dress themselves,Continue reading “The Fine Line”

DON’T Say THIS to a Caregiver!

It is no secret that sometimes our friends, even our closest friends, just don’t know what to say to make us feel better.  The truth is that there aren’t many things one can say to make caregiving easier. There are no platitudes, no cliches, no magic words, no secret coded phrases that will make itContinue reading “DON’T Say THIS to a Caregiver!”

One-Liners

My husband, Carlton, was the king of one-liners. He would listen to a conversation between 2 people, and it would seem as if he wasn’t really listening. But then, suddenly, he would interject a pithy statement, a one-liner, that really caused everyone to pause and take notice. He was a deep thinker, and his singularContinue reading “One-Liners”

No Regrets

My goal is to encourage and support those who care for someone with a chronic or degenerative disease. That sounds easy, but when you’re there in the trenches, cleaning up messes or explaining things for the third time, or changing a catheter bag, or trying to figure out how to insert an epi-pin, life canContinue reading “No Regrets”

“Must-Haves” for Caregivers

If we were all gathered in one room and could share our stories, we would find a range of caregiving experience, from newbie to seasoned veteran. If we listen to those veterans who have walked this road already, perhaps they could prepare us for what is to come. Here are a few things that mightContinue reading ““Must-Haves” for Caregivers”

Giving and Taking Advice

Which are you better at? Giving advice or taking advice? This past week I found myself doing a little bit of both. As I write to you today, my fellow caregivers, my prayer is that you will be encouraged and realize that many others have walked this care-giving road before, and we are all hereContinue reading “Giving and Taking Advice”