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”

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”

Autopilot – the mode of operation for long-term caregivers

Autopilot becomes the way we handle things flung at us as new caregivers.  Actually, who am I kidding?  It didn’t get easier just because it became longer – in fact, the longer I lived on emergency-ready, life-and-death mode, the grayer my world became.  My son was four-years-0ld when we started… Read more“Autopilot – the mode of operation for long-term caregivers”

Happy Father’s Day – from God

Father’s Day – what a fantastic idea!  A time to call our dads or send a note or make them something special and let them know they’re loved.  On the other hand, Father’s Day  – what a horrible idea.  A time to miss our dads and renew a sense of… Read more“Happy Father’s Day – from God”

Expectations Can Make All the Difference

It was one of those mornings where expectations of an normal chemo treatment were obliterated – everything that could go wrong, was going from bad to worse!  We had arrived on time for four-year-old Andrew’s chemotherapy, but the nurse hadn’t. When she finally arrived, the doctor wasn’t there yet, neither was… Read more“Expectations Can Make All the Difference”

Praying for a Cure – Childhood Cancer

The words, “children” and “cancer” should never be in the same sentence, let alone the words, “childhood cancer.” It’s just wrong.   I might be extra sensitive, having battled through my boy’s childhood leukemia and still dealing with the consequences all these years later.  But I don’t think I’m special… Read more“Praying for a Cure – Childhood Cancer”

Put a Penny in your Pocket

My dog tugged on the leash as I looked down at the tarnished penny in the road.  Should I pick it up? “Put a penny in your pocket, and save it for a rainy day.” My grandma’s green eyes sparkled as she picked up a penny and slid it into… Read more“Put a Penny in your Pocket”

Steal Away with Me

Steal away with Me. Escape the chains of responsibility Eschew the ropes of judgement and scorn Discard the tethers of others’ expectations And sit awhile with Me. Steal away with Me. Let the laundry lie in its limp endless loads Seek a crack in the cacophony of caregiving Allow the… Read more“Steal Away with Me”

Karma or Grace

Many of us know popular phrases regarding Karma in our lives, even if it’s not our belief system.  A few of us have wished Karma to happen to those around us.  One or two of us have had our choices come back around and bite us.  Karma seems to be… Read more“Karma or Grace”

The Nature of the Beast

“It’s the nature of the beast,” I wrote to Anita in one of our many chats:  things pile up in the worst possible ways. The end of the quarter looms a week away – grades are due, finals given, frantic make-up assignments might possibly be turned in by desperate students and/or… Read more“The Nature of the Beast”