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!”

RAISE YOUR GAZE

Since tomorrow is Palm Sunday with the beauty of Spring everywhere we look, it is a perfect time to raise our gaze from the common to the sublime. From the bleakness of winter to the hope of Spring, let us gaze at God’s creation coming to life. We drink in this newness of life asContinue reading “RAISE YOUR GAZE”

Oh No! Another Symptom?

Sometimes it seems that every day with Parkinson’s Disease brings a new symptom – falling, choking, skin problems, bathroom problems, cognitive decline. And the list goes on! Feeling overwhelmed by all of this? I did. Whether we have been on this Parkinson’s journey 25 days or 25 years, it can become all-consuming. When each newContinue reading “Oh No! Another Symptom?”

Happy Birthday Thankfulness

On this day, March 5, 2022, we have so much for which to be thankful, and that’s a great way to begin our day. Here is a snippet from my personal list. First, I am thankful for my parents who gave birth to me 71 years ago today! Yes, you read that correctly. Today isContinue reading “Happy Birthday Thankfulness”

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a book I discovered, “The Boy, the mole, the fox, and the Horse”, by Charlie Mackesy. I showed you an image from the book, and I told you I had ordered it. It finally arrived, and I wanted to tell you more about it. Several of you mentioned toContinue reading “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse”

The Fifth Season

In Kindergarten we learn about the 4 seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. And those 4 become the norm for life for us. As children, we come to anticipate Summer and the change from school days to fun days. We even learn to associate the weather patterns of the seasons, depending on where we live.Continue reading “The Fifth Season”

It’s All in the Perspective

My prayer today is that my words will encourage and support those of you who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or some other chronic or degenerative disease. I was humbled this past week as a friend confided that her husband has been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. My first thought was toContinue reading “It’s All in the Perspective”

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”

It Takes a Crowd

Good morning, Caregivers. Today I am thankful for you and your dedication in caring for your loved one with a chronic disease such as Parkinson’s. I am also thankful for what I believe is my job today and going forward. It hasn’t changed from when I began this blog, but I’m thinking of it inContinue reading “It Takes a Crowd”