The Fearless Cregiver

Gary Barg - Editor-in-Chief, Today's Caregiver Magazine

Sailing Into Calming Seas

My dad retired in 1990 and immediately developed multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer). The next two years were a dizzying nightmare of illness, doctor and dialysis center visits, and medical emergencies for him and my mom. Not an unfamiliar story to most family caregivers.

A few months after Dad passed away, I convinced Mom to go on a short cruise out of Miami, Florida to help her get some much needed respite.  After the first day or so, I saw something that I had not seen on Mom’s face for almost two years—the slightest hint of a smile.  I don’t remember what caused it, but I do know it had everything to do with getting out on the open seas for a few days.  I also know that a trip like this would have done a world of good for her if she had been able to take it while caregiving for Dad. 

The trip occurred a few years before we launched Today’s Caregiver magazine and and at least five years before the first Fearless Caregiver Conference, so at the time my interactions with other family caregivers was quite limited. Looking back over the past 15 years, it is obvious to me (as well as to many professional studies) that taking care of ourselves is actually one of the most important things we can do for our loved ones.  So, you can understand why I am thrilled to announce that the 102nd Fearless Caregiver Conference will also be the first annual Fearless Caregiver Conference at Sea. We  will leave the Port of Miami on January 3rd and return on January 8th. Along with the education, support and training available at a traditional Fearless Caregiver Conference, will be a whole lot of you-time, including massages, shows, and even a little Pina Colada (if you are so inclined).

We are proud to be able to partner with the good folks at the Caregiver Cruises organization, which has unparalleled experience in providing respite cruises for family caregivers, and I would like to personally invite you to join us for the trip.  It will be good for your loved one as well as for you.

Ahoy, Mates! Welcome aboard!  Batten down the hatches and anchors aweigh!  Sail away with us or we might just have to make you walk the plank.   I can’t think of any more nautical jib-jab, but I think you get the point!


  Fearless Conference at Sea

Gary Barg
Today's Caregiver magazine
Monday August 30, 2010
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