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A Swing Away From Caregiving

A warm breeze travels through the canyons, carrying the scent of lavender as it brushes my cheek.  My bare toes touch the deck’s surface sending the canopied swing into motion. Taking a four-hour airplane ride, an hour-long bus ride and … Continue reading

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The Lesson Learned From Someone Else’s Loss

The voice inside my head starts talking loudly every time I drive to the gym.  It says things like, “I hate exercising inside on such a nice day.  What’s the point when all it seems to do is make me … Continue reading

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Who Cares For The Caregivers?

I am a nurse and my training has taught me to assess, plan, implement and evaluate whatever program I start.  So, I initiated a caregivers support group at my church this spring after hearing members complain that they were feeling … Continue reading

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Sacred Space – Grief Support For Caregivers

I place woven butterfly fabric in the center of the table, a pillar candle in the middle and my cracked stone heart off to the side.  This is what I call the Sacred Space – the place where we will … Continue reading

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To Thine Own Self Be True

November is National Family Caregiver Month – here is my reflection on my experience as a caregiver… Taking care of others starts early for me as my mother is chronically ill as I grow up.  My time spent playing with … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor

My dog Tanner and I pull into our attached garage on this crisp fall day after spending all afternoon running errands.  I have grocery bags in my arms, his leash wrapped around my wrist and my key chain hanging from … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of a Caregiver

Pushing my mother’s wheelchair down the long corridor, post-operative healing complete; mom begins the radiation therapy advertised to kill the remaining cancer cells. The smiling, hopeful sounding receptionist welcomes us to the overcrowded waiting area; single serving coffee and hot … Continue reading

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