Category Archives: against all odds

Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Reconciliation and Your Well-Being

Family and Forgiveness Growing up my family was very close.  In typical Italian style, every Sunday was spent at my grandparent’s home in Chicago where random aunts, uncles and cousins (most of which lived on the same block) gathered for … Continue reading

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Nothing Left Unsaid

My mom recently visited New York and was showing me the pictures of the Ground Zero Memorial. One of my most unsettling thoughts regarding 9/11 was about what was left unsaid. My mind goes to a couple who possibly had … Continue reading

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Fighting Imaginary Foes

Today, in my allotted few minutes of brainlessness when I play online scrabble against the “robots” I realized that when I won the game I found myself smugly amused as if I had defeated some a real opponent.  In reality, … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing

Recently I’ve had some challenges with the negative behaviors and attitudes of a handful of other people. I usually like to refer to these challenges as “opportunities for making better choices”. This little twist of the phrase makes me feel … Continue reading

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Living a Big Life

We’ve all heard the expression “Go big or Go Home” at one point or another.  For some reason this past week this has become my mantra, so to speak.  You see I tend to have spurts of time where I live … Continue reading

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Fall is Here…Let the Chaos Begin!

Summer is usually a slower time for most of us.  Though it may seem like there is a lot going on, it is mostly fun focused activities.  The weather is nice and the days are long. The summer is a … Continue reading

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We’re All Geniuses in Hind-Site

It’s amazing how insightful we are about situations faced in the past. Why? Because once  the chaos has subsided and the situation is over, we can analyze it from a new perspective. However; when in the midst of challenges in … Continue reading

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Unrealistic Expectations

Each time I travel to Florida I have set the expectation of laying in the tropical sun and returning with a tan that would make the Bain de Sole tan woman jealous. However; the last few trips have been met … Continue reading

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Permission to Fail

A few years ago I was part of an expert panel discussion on “How to care for yourself while caregiving” through WEGO Health and one of the other panelist, Ben Murphy (@athletdad) shared a great point.  He said that one … Continue reading

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The 11 L’s of Caring and Coping

A personal story from Dave Balch excerpted from his DVD,You Can Handle More Than You Think You Can. Balch is a coping strategies specialist, the founder of Coping University, and author of Cancer for Two. It was a Tuesday. My … Continue reading

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Playing an Old Game in a New Way (In loving Memory of Ed Cutler)

I wrote this several years ago and thought it fitting to repost it in loving memory of my father-in-law Ed Cutler who passed away January 5th. Continue reading

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Mistakes Will Be Made

When caring for someone we love, we want to make all the right moves, research all the options and make all the right decisions. Unfortunately we are human and, as humans, it is inevitable that we will make mistakes. Even … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Green Lantern

My husband and I rented the Green Lantern the other night and I wanted to impart some insights from the movie that I felt apply not only to caregivers but for the rest of us as well. In a cliché … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Family

The old saying “You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family”, is true.  Being part of a family brings with it dynamics both good and bad.  These dynamics are shaped through years of tradition and practice. My … Continue reading

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Pro-Active vs. Re-Active Caregiving

What does pro-active caregiving look like and what steps can we take to help those that we love make decisions about their future care?  Watch this video for some simple tips…

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Changing Your Mind Can Change Your Life

A great story with a good message: A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and elderly woman moved into a nursing home. Though legally blind, the woman is always fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock in bright-colored clothes and makes sure that … Continue reading

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Reconcilliation and Your Well-Being

Growing up my family was very close. In typical Italian style, every Sunday was spent at my grandparent’s home in Chicago where random aunts, uncles and cousins (most of which lived on the same block) gathered for an amazing feast. … Continue reading

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