So Many Choices

When I began this blog 3.5 years ago, I read that I should set a goal for my writing which would keep me focused and give purpose to this space. My goal is still to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or any other chronic or degenerative disease.Continue reading “So Many Choices”

Do We Need a DNR?

Disclaimer – I am not a medical professional, nor do I pretend to know the answers to all of life’s questions. I am, however, someone who has faced these decisions while caring for my husband who had Parkinson’s Disease for 20+ years. The topic today is especially medical, so I want to be clear thatContinue reading “Do We Need a DNR?”

It’s Official! I am an AUTHOR!

Some of you are thinking right now, “Why would a retired mathematics teacher want to write a book?” And your question is valid! Others of you are thinking, “She is finished with caregiving. Why doesn’t she just forget about Parkinson’s and move on?” And your question is valid! The answer to both questions is theContinue reading “It’s Official! I am an AUTHOR!”

Friends

When you read the title of today’s blog, what was the first thing that came to your mind? Was it the television show “Friends”? Was it a song like “Friends are Friends Forever”? If I had titled it “People”, you might have thought of “People Who Need People”, a song by Barbara Streisand. Each ofContinue reading “Friends”

Five Minute Friday – LIFT

When you visit the website fiveminutefriday.com, you will find short blog posts written by a community of writers who have chosen to respond to a prompt given only on Fridays. It is a unique idea to unify us around a particular topic, yet celebrate our differences. Feel free to visit the website and sample theseContinue reading “Five Minute Friday – LIFT”

The Story of Two Advocates

My goal for this blog has always been to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with a chronic or degenerative disease such as Parkinson’s Disease. And today I would like to do just that by encouraging you to be an advocate for your loved one, especially when they cannot or willContinue reading “The Story of Two Advocates”

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”

Is Thanksgiving Over?

As the fall decorations came down last night, I noticed that many of them said “Give Thanks”, or “Happy Thanksgiving”, even though they have been up since early October. I love this time of year when the leaves change, and we remember to give thanks to God who made us. Looking back at previous blogContinue reading “Is Thanksgiving Over?”

“Hospice” is not a Bad Word

If you are new to my blog, I hope you will take 2 minutes to read “The Journey Begins” right now by clicking the link at the top of this page. That was my first blog, and my mission has not changed. As I write this morning, I think of sitting here with you, lookingContinue reading ““Hospice” is not a Bad Word”