One Very Bad Day

Sometimes life goes along at a steady pace and we think all is well until BOOM! Something catastrophic occurs: a hurricane, an earthquake, an accident, a bad medical diagnosis, or political upheaval. Any of these or countless other events, can cause one to have a very bad day. But for us as caregivers, it doesn’tContinue reading “One Very Bad Day”

Keep Making Memories

Sometimes I get lost in my own thoughts while analyzing life. Sometimes I get bogged down under the weight of making all the decisions in our household. And sometimes the way ahead does not seem clear. At those times I also go back to what I know to be true. Regarding this blog, I keepContinue reading “Keep Making Memories”

Anticipatory Grief – Part 2

In last week’s blog, “Anticipatory Grief”, we barely scratched the surface of the topic. And it is possible we came away with more questions than answers. (That post can be found below this one and was inspired by reading this article.) For me, this is a confusing time of my life. My husband of 48Continue reading “Anticipatory Grief – Part 2”

Living on an Island

I have always wondered what it would be like to live on an island – the kind where the only access was a ferry. Maybe this would be a private island whose only structure was my house. Whatever I wanted in terms of supplies would have to be carried in on the ferry. And ifContinue reading “Living on an Island”

“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”

The Longest Year Ever

The year 2020 will go down in history, at least in MY version of history, as the longest year ever. Before I write my next blog post we will pass the half-year mark, but it feels as if we’ve lived at least 3 years in these last 6 months. Are you feeling the same way?Continue reading “The Longest Year Ever”

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”

Need New Things to Do

Just so you don’t misunderstand me, there is plenty to do at my house. There are closets to clean out, drawers to reorganize, a garage that we really need to totally empty, and a million more little things that we could and should do. And I am doing a some of those organizational tasks whenContinue reading “Need New Things to Do”

Escaping COVID-19

This is the most common story in the news every time we tune into our favorite media outlet. It is the topic of conversation at every meeting, whether in person or on Zoom. Sometimes it seems to be the only thing on everyone’s mind. As a caregiver to someone with a degenerative and/or chronic illness,Continue reading “Escaping COVID-19”

Life is not on PAUSE

Today may feel as if someone has hit the “pause” button. We may feel as if we are in “reset” mode, almost as if life is standing still. But we all know that time does march on. We will never be this age again; we will never have the opportunity to do today over. LifeContinue reading “Life is not on PAUSE”