“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” – Tia Walker
Over the last several weeks, I have shared some of the lessons I learned through the past 13 years: 6 years caring for my mother and the last 7 years in the support community. I can only hope these insights have given you food for thought in your own approach to th [...]READ MORE
“It’s not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa
When I became a caregiver in November 2003, I didn’t know what all that would entail. I knew I needed to help my mother, but I wasn’t completely sure how. I am a self-starter and I like to research, so naturally I turned to the internet to “learn”. As luck wo [...]READ MORE
“The only mistake you can make is not asking for help.” - Sandeep Jauhar
In November 2003, my mother was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Within a few days, my job title changed from daughter/wife/mother - to daughter/wife/mother and caregiver. It has been a journey with ups and downs, but I fall asleep each night having learned that love [...]READ MORE
“When you’re a caregiver, you need to realize that you’ve got to take care of yourself, because, not only are you going to have to rise to the occasion and help someone else, but you have to model for the next generation.” – Naomi Judd
The first thing a caregiver should do is “care for thyself”.
I know this seems counterproductive to caring f [...]READ MORE
Statistics show that 65 million people in the U.S. are caring for a chronically ill, terminally ill, disabled, or aged family member. That is over 1/4th of the population.
A caregiver frequently feels alone, like no one around them understands what they’re going through. On top of that, caregivers often feel guilty because they live with the mindset that [...]READ MORE