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!”

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”

“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”

“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”

This is Why I Blog

Exactly two years ago I began this blog with the encouragement of an amazing group of friends, the Parkinson’s Support Group in a town near me. I want to encourage everyone who is a caregiver, just like they encourage me. Every month when I go to our caregiver meeting, I come away with a feelingContinue reading “This is Why I Blog”