Surreal.  It’s a feeling that has been following me around this week. Today, 9/11, definitely sparks memories of that day 15 years ago when I walked my oldest into her first grade classroom to find her teacher not paying attention to the arrival of the children like he usually did…. Read more“Surreal”

The Unexpected Blessing of Four-Year-Old Faith

The most inspiring thing, in a caregiver’s journey, is faith.  And when that faith comes straight from the four-year-old patient, it brings incalculable blessing. My four-year-old sat on my lap in the quiet office.  Two pastors flanked my husband and myself as they readied for the anointing.  I’d never attended… Read more“The Unexpected Blessing of Four-Year-Old Faith”

It’s the Little Things (that encourage a caregiver)

I scanned the envelope for a recognizable address.  The handwriting was not familiar nor the return address.  I tore it open, happy that it was obviously not a bill, like the rest of the mail. I pulled out a short note and a check for $36 fell out.   It seemed… Read more“It’s the Little Things (that encourage a caregiver)”

CNA or a Fairy Godmother to a Caregiver and Patient?

Laura entered Andrew’s room, carefully sanitizing her hands and greeting Andrew with her big friendly smile.  She was a favorite, because each time she entered, she always carried on a cheerful conversation, whether Andrew was well enough to respond or not.  She bustled around wiping sinks and counters, picking up… Read more“CNA or a Fairy Godmother to a Caregiver and Patient?”

Giving to a Tired Caregiver – Inspire Me Monday

I awoke with a start, staring wildly at the profusion of trees to my left.  My gaze swung right.  More trees.  I sat partway upright and saw trees in front, but then my gaze hit the rearview mirror.  My four-year-old’s head glowed in the sunlight shining through the back window. … Read more“Giving to a Tired Caregiver – Inspire Me Monday”

Celebrate the Victories (no matter the size)

We cannot discount the simplest and most appreciated blessing during any prolonged medical fight!  This (posted above) sort-of-poem-but-mostly-celebratory journal entry was the first time Andrew achieved the status of remission.  It was a chemo induced remission and came after about a month of the fight with leukemia.  That first month… Read more“Celebrate the Victories (no matter the size)”

Love – It Means Everything (especially when caregiving)

In this series of 31 Days of Unexpected Blessings from Caregiving, I’m reviewing our days, weeks, months and years of cancer caregiving and all it’s repercussions.  I’m looking for specifics, for blessings and things I never understood before.  In searching my journal I sometimes come across a moment so beautiful… Read more“Love – It Means Everything (especially when caregiving)”

TRUST (in the middle of caregiving)

This five-minute-Friday link up has been all day in the works.  I invented lots of excuses to not write today; it’s my birthday, I needed to run errands for my kids, this is a hard subject, I had a lot to do and I wasn’t feeling well. The truth however,… Read more“TRUST (in the middle of caregiving)”

Be in the Right Place at the Right Time – part 2

“Ok.  We can do this,” I muttered to no one in particular.  “We’ll drive home from the hospital together, leave the extra car here, take the girls to grandpa and grandma’s house and head up to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.” “No!”  shot back the doctor who’d just had the unfortunate task… Read more“Be in the Right Place at the Right Time – part 2”

Be in the Right Place at the Right Time

I was terrified.  My four-year-old son had awakened with unexplained bruising, and while there is a lot more to this story, I’ll leave that for another time.  After my oldest was done with school that awful day, I loaded the kids into the car to drive the hour to the… Read more“Be in the Right Place at the Right Time”