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What I Learned as a Caregiver: This stuff is personal

“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 [...]


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Pack Health / October, 06th 2016

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What I Learned as a Caregiver: Be "in the game"

“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 [...]


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Pack Health / September, 15th 2016

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What I Learned as a Caregiver: Enlist help

“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 [...]


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Pack Health / September, 08th 2016

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What I Learned as a Caregiver: Caregiver, care for thyself

“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 [...]


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Pack Health / September, 01st 2016

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What I Learned as a Caregiver: You are not alone!

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 [...]


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Pack Health / August, 25th 2016