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Me, Mom and Dancing with the Stars

Today is a big day for me.  Nope, it’s not my birthday (that was yesterday)…tonight is the premiere of Dancing with the Stars. For many fans of the show this is exciting, however; for me and my Mom it’s an … Continue reading

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This Job Sucks (and other Important Caregiving Information)

While making visiting with a friend who just lost his sister, he shared how difficult it was for him especially as she had chosen him (above her parents, children and other siblings) to be her Power of Attorney (POA). His … Continue reading

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One Word Can Change Your Life – Cancer

“It’s Cancer”, my sister and I tried to compose ourselves and comprehend the significance of what we had just heard the doctor say. Did he just say that our mom has cancer? Having worked in hospice for many years, I knew … Continue reading

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Celebrate Triumphs – No Matter How Large or Small!

Anyone who has had a loved one with cancer understands how stressful the ongoing 3-6 month marks are waiting to hear if the blood work and bone-scans were clear. When those we love have had ongoing health issues and it … Continue reading

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Caregiving and Chemo

The other day as I was sitting with a family member during their chemo, I noticed a couple walk into the clinic with a look of confusion and overwhelming fear.  In recent years I’ve attended weekly chemo treatments with family … Continue reading

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Get Out of Your Head

I spend a lot of time in my own head (at this point many of you are like – uh DUH), but stay with me and hopefully you will see where I’m going. As many of you know, managing the … Continue reading

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Celebrate Small Victories

Anyone who has had a loved one with cancer understands how stressful the ongoing 3-6 month marks are waiting to hear if the blood work and bone-scans were clear. When those we love have had ongoing health issues and it … Continue reading

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One Word Can Change Your Life

“It’s Cancer”, my sister and I tried to compose ourselves and comprehend the significance of what we had just heard the doctor say. Did he just say that our mom has cancer? Having worked in hospice for many years, I knew … Continue reading

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Fear vs. Fact

When a loved one gets a life altering diagnosis it can be scary.  Distressing questions rush through one’s mind such as: will they survive, what are the options, do we need a second opinion, what will their be like now … 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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2013 – Don’t Let the Door Hit You…

2013 has turned out to be another year full of trials, tribulations and tragedy for me as a family caregiver. The year started out with my Aunt’s diagnosis of bladder cancer which lead over the course of this year to … Continue reading

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What I Really Want for Christmas

As it is every year, my Mom will call and ask what I want for Christmas.  She is an amazing and generous person and having her for a Mom has spoiled me since childhood.  Each year I would share certain … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Storm

Recently I’ve been confronted with what feels like overwhelming challenges related to increasing health complications of several family members.  I’ve equated this experience to being in the “eye of the storm”.  The dictionary’s definition of the “eye of the storm” … Continue reading

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Surrender to Lower Your Stress – By Dave Balch

The life of a caregiver can be pretty stressful. (That sentence is a candidate for the Nobel Prize of understatement.) Everyone’s story is different, but the resulting stress is pretty much the same. I hope that my story will resonate with … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Managing Stress

Click here to join me today for CaregiverLife Radio from 10-11am (CST) Topic: Stress Management Guest: Dave Balch Dave Balch has a unique, inspiring, and loving story to share, coupled with the experience, desire, and ability to share it. Dave Balch supported … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Caregiving for Senior Mesothelioma Patients

The words seem to come out of nowhere. “I have mesothelioma.” When those three words sputter across your loved one’s lips, life changes in ways you don’t know how to imagine. A mesothelioma diagnosis is often terminal. Some patients try … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life

The irony of Saturday, April 05, 2008, is that it was this day that I both celebrated the birth of my beautiful God-daughter Mylee and attended the funeral of my close friend Holly. Holly had been diagnosed with stage 4 … Continue reading

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S.O.S. I shouldn’t be alive

Okay I admit it, I love Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and the History Channel and I tend to overdose on these over the weekend. I find them truly fascinating. A few months back I shared the true story of Aron … Continue reading

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The space between events: A caregiver’s story

“The very commonplaces of life are components of its eternal mystery” Gertrude Atherton. It was a very warm Colorado morning, bright with a vivid blue sky. I arrived at the hospice center, wondering if this was going to be the … Continue reading

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