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 Tuesday March 8, 2011 - Issue #24

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Debbie Reynolds

Legendary star of stage and screen Debbie Reynolds has been enchanting audiences in unforgettable performances for decades. From Singing in the Rain, Tammy and The Unsinkable Molly Brown to the TV series Will and Grace, Debbie has brought joy to generations of fans.

Gary Barg:  You have a unique approach to talking about caregiving. Can you tell me a little about that?

Debbie Reynolds:  I try to get the point across without being too dead-serious, because it is such a difficult subject. It’s life and life is not a bowl of cherries; because if it were, why am I feeling in the pits? My family has a history of longevity; my mom lived to be 82 and my daddy, 83. We all have caregiving situations. Every generation has to take care of the next generation, or not and not care at all. I don’t think that it’s “we” as a people who feel this way, because most of us want to take care of our loved ones. Not everybody gets to live well towards the end; and because people are living longer, you either have to take them into your home or find a place for them. This type of decision-making can either be life threatening or life making...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

When MS Means Mighty Stubborn

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

“I’m glad my MS isn’t too bad. My life is too busy to have it interfere!”
These words could be uttered by many individuals with MS, regardless of how severe the affliction has become in their lives. Caregivers may shrink in horror whenever they are said, dreading the inevitable outcome of an event preceded by this statement...continued

Guest Column

The Three Ringed Binder
That Saved my Family's Sanity
By Beth Christiansen

A notebook was one of the biggest sanity-saving tools my husband and I used when we were caring for our medically fragile son, Sullivan. It was a simple three-ring binder that I put together which held all the important information about our son’s life and the schedules we kept. This notebook went with us to every doctor appointment, hospital stay and outing....continued


Ten Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW, GCM

  1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress

  2. Think of challenges as opportunities to shine

  3. Look for the best in others and yourself...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Debbie Reynolds

Feature Article
When MS Means Mighty Stubborn

Guest Column
The Three Ringed Binder That Saved my Family's Sanity  

Ten Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude    


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