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An Exquisite Caregiver

A few months ago, it was made public that Dana Reeve had been diagnosed with lung cancer.  As caregivers, we know all too well that multiple tragedies can happen to one family, but it was still a shockingly unexpected announcement to hear. Even more shocking was the announcement Tuesday morning that Dana had lost her battle with the disease.  Our thoughts are, of course, with their son Will and the rest of the Reeve family.  This family that had given so very much hope, love and support to those living with paralysis, need all of our prayers and good wishes as they go through these trying times.  

I think it is important to remember Dana Reeve as more than just a dedicated activist and/or as the wife of Christopher Reeve, she was a loving mother and daughter (she took time out from helping her parents move into a new home for our 1998 interview) a terrific singer and actress and she gave me lots of material for my speeches over the years.  Within our interview, she spoke so candidly, that I was wondering if she knew or cared that her words would be published. I still refer to these words today. She spoke of the “Mental Bubble Bath”, getting friends and family members to help as you deal with the healthcare system, finding wisdom from other family caregivers and how to best work with insurance companies.

Bless you, Dana, for all you have done for your fellow caregivers, you will be greatly missed.

Rest in Peace.

Donations may be made in Dana's memory to the Christopher Reeve Foundation 636 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 or online at

The Dana Reeve Interview

Take care

Gary Barg

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