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April 29, 2014
Issue #709
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

Hey, Carrie Ann!
An Interview with Carrie Ann Inaba

Gary Barg: Can you tell me about the Andréa Rizzo Foundation and how you became directly involved?

Carrie Ann Inaba: The Andréa Rizzo Foundation does movement therapy for pediatric cancer patients. I was working on Dancing with the Stars, and there was this woman sitting to my right and next to a young lady who I could tell was undergoing some sort of treatment, maybe chemotherapy. This woman had the brightest light—she just kept smiling and smiling. I went over to her during the commercial break and asked who she was.  She introduced herself as Susan Rizzo and she told me about her foundation. I said, “Sign me up!” and now I am their spokesperson. I am very grateful because she is the inspiration. I am only here to help spread the word and bring awareness to what she is doing for the world.

Gary Barg: What inspired Susan to start the foundation?

Carrie Ann Inaba: Her daughter, Andréa, had cancer when she was a child and she had movement therapy.  She was later diagnosed cancer free, was doing great, and was moving on with her life. She became a dance therapist herself and was going to give back in such a beautiful way, and then was tragically killed in a car accident. It is horrible, but her mom is continuing on in her name and it is a beautiful thing. When you meet Susan, she has a very bright light. I believe full heartedly in what she is doing and I support her in any way I can  ...more

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Stuck in the Middle of YOU!
By Joyce Aleshire

Strange words to use to describe a caregiving experience, but for me, the word fit. Let me begin by stating I NEVER felt “stuck” in my caregiving for my husband or mother; it was indeed a privilege to care for both. However, sometimes the circumstances we find ourselves in while in the midst of our caregiving, well, that’s where the stuck part comes in  ...more

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Tips for Organizing a Medical History
By Kathy Porter

A trip to the emergency room made me realize why caregivers are advised to organize heath information. Like many caregivers, I share the task of going with my loved one to appointments. My sister usually takes our mom to the dentist, audiologist and optometrist. I take Mom to her physician, dermatologist and podiatrist. We cover for each other when work or travel demands it. I felt prepared until an emergency came  ...more


From Wendy: 
My mom is in a nursing home. How do I handle her "wants" and how do I know I am making the right decisions? Her latest request was that she asked for a computer laptop.

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