Angels and Lifeguards: What a Caregiver Needs

In this third part of our series on Drowning in Plain Sight, we salute those ‘lifeguards’ and ‘guardian angels’ who recognize a caregiver’s silent struggle in the waters of caregiving despair. “Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on… Read more“Angels and Lifeguards: What a Caregiver Needs”

You Might be Drowning in Plain Sight

Drowning victims and caregivers share more than one might think. In this five-part series we explore the phenomena of “Drowning in Plain Sight.” As you read, whether you’re a caregiver or someone who loves a caregiver, think about the people in your ‘pool’–is anyone drowning? “Except in rare circumstances, drowning… Read more“You Might be Drowning in Plain Sight”

Hurricanes, Hospitals and Nurses

Ever since spending an inordinate amount of time in three different children’s hospitals during my son’s fight with leukemia, I’ve had a soft-spot for nurses, social workers and other personnel who dedicate their lives to not only saving children, but improving their quality of life in the process. They routinely… Read more“Hurricanes, Hospitals and Nurses”

Is Anyone in Your Pool Drowning in Plain Sight?

Is Anyone Drowning in YOUR Pool? Drowning victims and caregivers have more in common than one might think. In this five-part series we explore the phenomena of “Drowning in Plain Sight.” As you read, think about the people in your ‘pool’—is anyone drowning? [callout]’Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and… Read more“Is Anyone in Your Pool Drowning in Plain Sight?”

In the Midst of Catastrophe and Crisis

When catastrophe strikes and crises arise, caregivers and survivors often struggle with guilt and surreal feelings of isolation and wonder that life moves on around us. Sometimes we are caught so deeply in our own battle that we forget others face different fights. But even harder –  we’re bewildered that… Read more“In the Midst of Catastrophe and Crisis”

What If and If Only

As I stood under the spray of my shower yesterday morning, the what if moments of our cancer journey replayed through my mind. The remonstrating hospital staff telling me that I shouldn’t do that repeated in my head as well.  But my son bleeding in his tears haunts me and… Read more“What If and If Only”

The Tricky Part of Psalm 91

Getting to the Tricky Part of Psalm 91 In the final part of this series on Psalm 91 and the caregiver, we arrive at the tricky part of the psalm. Why do I call it tricky? Well, a simple perusal might cause someone to say, “Hey, I believe in God… Read more“The Tricky Part of Psalm 91”

Take Care of Yourself: Six Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Cancer Caregiving 101: Take Care of Yourself and Prevent Caregiver Burnout “Now you must realize,” the doctor straightened the papers into the already thick folder as he finished summarizing the diagnosis, treatment protocol and prognosis, “with a best-case scenario, we’re in for a long haul. You two must take care… Read more“Take Care of Yourself: Six Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout”

Can Caregivers Find Comfort in Psalm 91?

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote about Psalm 91 and the caregiver. In the intervening time, I’ve run a marathon, taken a marathon car trip (from Holbrook, to San Diego, to Holbrook, and then Tulsa, and finally to Palmer, Alaska). I have also taken on a different… Read more“Can Caregivers Find Comfort in Psalm 91?”

Unconditional Love – Trisomy 13

When the joy of pregnancy becomes mixed with a Trisomy 13 diagnosis for your unborn child, a mother’s love doesn’t quit.  It grows stronger each day that little one grows inside, even when she knows that his birth might also mean his end.  I was blessed to teach Hannah, her… Read more“Unconditional Love – Trisomy 13”