End of Birthday Month: LET IT GO!

At the end of 3 wonderful years of blogging, I am so thankful for the art of writing. It helped me get through the most difficult of times. Some of you have asked what else I wrote. I kept a journal in which I wrote every time Carlton developed a new symptom. The main goalContinue reading “End of Birthday Month: LET IT GO!”

Great Expectations

As you think back to this past Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, did everything happen just as you expected? Is your current situation how you expected life would be at this time? December, January and even February will bring more holidays. Do you have grand expectations for those events? How will you feel if those holidays don’tContinue reading “Great Expectations”

Five Minute Friday – PERMISSION

Have you ever had a friend in whose presence you always felt you had to be careful to not offend them? Did you feel you were “walking on eggshells” around them? I have felt that way also. On the other side of the spectrum, I love to be around friends who like me for whoContinue reading “Five Minute Friday – PERMISSION”

Not a Professional

I don’t get paid to be a caregiver. I have no special training to do this. So I really cannot claim to be a professional caregiver. Saying that makes me feel better, especially in situations when I really don’t know what to do. But I know my husband of 48 years better than anyone onContinue reading “Not a Professional”

The Rest of the Story

Couple number one arrived at the support group meeting, looking the same as always – a happy couple without a care in the world. But the truth is that he has Parkinson’s disease, and it took them an hour to get out of the door of their house because he didn’t take his pills, heContinue reading “The Rest of the Story”

My Word for 2021

As a retired teacher, I remember fondly the start of each new school year. It was always exciting to get new notebooks, new lesson plans, new ideas to implement, and decorate my classroom with new charts and pictures of what I hoped to accomplish that year. That’s how I feel about a new year. I’mContinue reading “My Word for 2021”

Anticipatory Grief – Part 3

This is the last blog on this topic, inspired by an article of the same name. The first two posts are found below. While the topic is sometimes considered sad or even dark, my goal is to support and encourage those who care for a loved one with a chronic or degenerative disease such asContinue reading “Anticipatory Grief – Part 3”

Caregiver Guilt

While caring for my husband who has Parkinson’s Disease, I am constantly faced with the realization that I am not perfect. There are many times I feel like I’m just not cut out for this job because I cannot get everything right. That leads to feelings of guilt. Caregiver guilt. We know we have CaregiverContinue reading “Caregiver Guilt”

When Bloggers Get Together

  I never intended to be a blogger. It has not been my life’s ambition. When I first set out on this journey in March of 2018, I just wanted to do one thing – encourage and support those who are caregivers, especially those whose care recipient has Parkinson’s Disease, because that’s what I amContinue reading “When Bloggers Get Together”