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Question/Topic for April 2009

As a caregiver, what 5 things are you are most thankful for.

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Name: Melissa
Location: Tennessee
Date: 04/02/2009
Time: 12:03 PM


I can think of so many things that I am thankful for! I am very thankful of the time I get to spend with my mother. I am able to be there day and night, to be a shoulder she can cry on. Since I was 17 years old, I cared for both my parents. My father passed on in 2003, and now it is just me and mom. We have grown closer, and that is a blessing to me. Secondly, I am thankful for the medical care she receives. She has great doctors that are very interested in her health. Thirdly, I am thankful for the Naval Base. Without them, we would never be able to afford her medication. I am thankful for the great reports she received this week! Her doctors are very impressed on her recovery from CHF. And last, but certainly not least, the fact that she is still with me. She is my best friend, and I love her with all my heart.

Name: Tamara
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date: 04/08/2009
Time: 12:12 PM


Every day I write in my journal 5 things I am grateful to G-D for. Today, they are as follows: 1. A brand new day with new mercies! 2. A good night's sleep! 3. To be in my right mind! 4. To be in good health! 5. To be able to get a break!

Name: Susan Molen
Date: 04/16/2009
Time: 08:53 AM


Five things I'm thankful for 1. My husband my rock 2. My brother and sister whom always supports anything I want for Mom 3. The Corinthian House, Moms day care and support staff 4. All of our Doctors 5. My dogs, Zoey and Daisy

Name: jacquelyan
Location: gilber az
Date: 04/16/2009
Time: 12:31 PM


I'm thankful for the time I got to spend with my mother-in-law. I was able to be there day and night for her to take care of her. I was able to make her feel safe and loved. I'm so thankful for hospice. They were there whenever I needed them. Hospice made things easy for me to take care of my mother-in-law. I am thankful to God, without him I couldn't have done it. God blessed me to have a soft caring loving heart. My mother-in-law went to her resting place and I know she is with God. I'm thankful God placed my mother-in law in my life. All I ever wanted to do is just help someone and God allowed me to do that. I will keep doing that as long as God will let me.

Name: Julie Benson
Date: 04/27/2009
Time: 05:24 PM


Family, Friends, understanding, tolerance, compassion

Name: janet
Location: new zealand
Date: 04/27/2009
Time: 11:56 PM


My health, my sense of justice and fairness, my adaptability, my ability to love, my ability to forgive.

Name: Donna K. Lay
Location: West Plains, MO
Date: 04/28/2009
Time: 05:04 PM


The first thing I am thankful for is that I had the opportunity to spend time with my Mom and Dad while they were in my home for 2 1/2 months. I had grown apart from them over the years and have gotten much closer to them now. I guess that makes 2 things, the third would be a husband who was willing and able to care for my parents right along side of me. Fourth thing to be thankful for is that God gifted me with 2 very loving parents who taught me right from wrong and loved each other enough to stick together for 58 years. The fifth thing I am thankful for is for the unconditional love I have received from my parents all of my life. They taught me what love really is.

Name: sara
Location: houston, texas
Date: 04/30/2009
Time: 03:09 PM


Just to name a few: I am thankful for: 1. being given another day of life 2. for being able to be a caregiver to my husband when he needed me the most. 3. our donor family who lives on in my husband 4. for a healthy family 5. for the amazing doctors out there. This is just a few of all the many things I have to be thankful for... Today I can say that I am so thankful that GOD graced me the responsibility of being my husband's caregiver when he needed me the most and out of that I have gotten to grow. Email:

Name: veronica dominguez
Location: san francisco
Date: 05/02/2009
Time: 07:52 PM


When the industry you work for, gives you respect, for your work, through compensation, financial and merit wise, then I am thankful. Instead of all the in house fighting that takes place because of competition for your position. Recognition by managers is most important. If they have a difficult time demonstrating good attributes in management, then it is not worth my time and effort to represent them. I do value who I am. And what I represent to my fellow co-workers.

Name: Delia
Location: U.A.E.
Date: 05/02/2009
Time: 09:39 PM


So many things to be thankful for in my life that to say t-h-a-n-k-s is not enough. In the morning as I open up my eyes is already a great indication that GOD blesses me to continue my journey with my husband, my kids, my family, my friends, my obligations and my responsibilities.

 Name: david
Location: fort lauderdale
Date: 05/07/2009
Time: 02:02 PM


My family caregiver- My sister has taken care of me and given up her life doing this. My sister has had cancer twice and surgery twice, my sister has several physical conditions and works a full time job. While all this is going on my sister for many years has taken care of me - I have had several heart attacks/ strokes/ back surgeries/ depression/ cancer/ memory problems/ hard of hearing/ legally blind/ insulin diabetic/ diabetic neuropothy/ severue migrances/ incontence/and so on - My sister is 50 and I am 57 - after taking care of our sick Mother for 10 years before her death, she then went to me, she has had no life no vacation nothing- I am so proud and caring of my sister and wish the world to know about her- I would be in a nursing home without her help.

Name: Elaine Seitsinger
Location: Massachusetts
Date: 05/11/2009
Time: 03:04 PM


I was a caregiver for my sweet and wonderful mom. She lived with me for the last three years of her life, with Alzheimer's and dysphagia. I would do it, again, in a New York minute. There were some exhausting times, but I could not imagine someone else toileting my mother. I am thankful: *for the most intimate times a mom and daughter can share. *for the security that I was able to provide for her. *for the time and attention that I was allowed to provide for her ( she told me in so many words ). *for the chats that sometimes made no sense but we worked and communicated around the difficult issue * I learned that no matter what stage of Alzheimer's mom was at, we still were able to laugh and had an inseparable bond. * for the dysphagia that I tried to correct and was scoffed at. She was the most unselfish person that I have ever met and her family always came first .Myself, my brother and my dad and all 3 grandchildren. I miss you so much mom and dad, but I will survive because of the upbringing that I had I will always admire and respect you. I will always love you xoxoxox and would do the very same, again, for you both mom and dad. Elaine

Name: Mom
Location: Virginia
Date: 05/11/2009
Time: 04:32 PM


That my daughter can: 1. walk this week! 2. see fairly well! 3. dress herself! 4. shower without help! 5. continue to bless all of those around her with that beautiful smile and extraordinary attitude. She is truly amazing!

Name: Rose Lamatt
Location: Florida
Date: 05/15/2009
Time: 06:39 AM


My friend Carol changed my life, teaching me love. Loving, I found takes care of all unanswered questions of ‘self’. No bad can enter when you are filled with love. I’m glad I met Carol, and honored I was able to care for her and watch her decline. It taught me we are all connected. We all go through decline and finally death, so why is it when it comes our way, we shy away from it? Being with someone who is dying of Alzheimer’s, especially because the disease takes so long, watching the decline is a gift. We watch the person ‘undo’ their life at a slow rate. We may hate watching it, but in the end, I was happy to go through Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey to death. It brought me closer to God than I’d ever been before. Since her body death I know Carol is with me every day. I feel around me: in flowers, trees, flowing waters, skies, birds or insects, like flutterbys to mention a few. She lets me know we are ALL connected.

Name: Lynn
Location: Quitman, GA
Date: 05/15/2009
Time: 02:21 PM


As a caregiver, the 5 things I am most thankful for are: 1) Having the opportunity to provide my services to people in need. I have been educating myself through seminars and hospice experience since 1996 and for the past 14 years, I've volunteered. This year I had the opportunity to step outside the box and make a living doing my passion. This isn't work, it is God's gift to me and I am blessed to have found it; finally. 2) I am thankful for my family. They have helped me through some very rough times and without them, I may not be here today. 3) I am thankful for my clients. They bring me joy everyday I spend with them. 4) I am thankful for God. He gave me a gift that I cherish and am blessed to have the ability to help those in need. He knew what my job was, it just took me awhile to find it. 5) I am thankful for Life. Every day I wake up I have the opportunity to fulfill my responsibilities God has given me.

Name: sandra B
Location: chicago, IL
Date: 05/20/2009
Time: 11:19 AM


I have so many things to be thankful for. Family, friends, my health and our new dog. Especially the part that everyone usually moans about. Walking the dog is such a great way of having time to reflect, talk with neighbors and have time to myself (since no one wants to come along for the walk).

Date: 05/22/2009
Time: 04:34 AM


I agree with Lynn, from GA. Finding this career late in life is really God's gift to me every day. The stories the elderly tell, and the lessons they share are priceless fringe benefits. What a blessing to be able to do this. MJ, Cleveland, OH


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