“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”

Caregiving is a Marathon

What do these things have in common: Learning to play the piano Growing a beard Repairing the damage of the fire at Notre Dame Growing an oak tree from an acorn Watching a baby grow into adulthood Caring for a loved one from diagnosis to end of life If your answer was “TIME”, then weContinue reading “Caregiving is a Marathon”

In Between

This is the most difficult place to be, in between 2 things. Today I am thinking of this time between being diagnosed with a disease or condition, and the end of life. (I promise to not get morbid!)   But the truth is that we are here. Our loved one has been diagnosed. Mine hasContinue reading “In Between”

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”

What to do in a CRISIS

This is the 9th day since hubby was tested for COVID-19, and we still do not have the official results. My unofficial diagnosis is that he does NOT have the coronavirus, mostly because his symptoms are not consistent with that virus. Instead, we discovered that he likely has an infection that is treatable with antibiotics,Continue reading “What to do in a CRISIS”

My Emotional Rollercoaster

As a blogger, I struggle with how much of myself to reveal to you each week. How vulnerable should I be? How much of my real-life should I divulge in my writing? These questions plague me as I labor over each word and strive to support and encourage each of you as you care forContinue reading “My Emotional Rollercoaster”

When the World Changes Suddenly

My screensaver last week said, “Be thankful for today, because in one moment, your entire life could change.” I didn’t realize how true that was, until the coronavirus. Please don’t panic. It has not hit our house. But hasn’t the world changed in just this last week? I think of school closings, church closings, sportsContinue reading “When the World Changes Suddenly”

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”