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They don’t ask for much – just a good story now and then. Sometimes, a lot of the time, they may not be able to ask, but you can see it in their eyes. Tired eyes that are saying “I can’t make out the words anymore.” more

Oct 10, 2017 2:27 PM Articles

It has been said that grief is like a wave that you don’t see coming; one that drenches you from behind and threatens to pull you under. I was nearly pulled under when I was riding up on the elevator for my weekly visit with Dad. more

Oct 6, 2017 12:22 PM Articles 1 Comments

"She’s awake.” I say to my husband as we watch TV in the living room. He’s in one Lazy Boy. I’m in the other..“Do you want me to go this time? he asks sincerely.“No. I got it,” more

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Our first reaction was “He can’t live alone.” How could he manage without her? more

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“I’m too ornery to die; I’m going to stick around forever to make everyone else’s life miserable.” Those were the only words of wisdom I had that alluded to her last wishes. more

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My mother, an 86-year-old widow, lives alone in a small town in the farming country of central Kansas. more

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I have learned to learn about the illness. In my case, I have learned about 11 illnesses... more

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I had a strained relationship with hope before my wife was diagnosed with cancer. more

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I sit across the hall from my mother-in-law, Virginia, who is emitting 13.9 millirems of radiation. I have to shout when I speak with her because of the metal barrier that separates us. more

Jul 31, 2017 2:32 PM Articles

My husband is a traumatic brain injury survivor and has mobility issues, balance and coordination issues, swallowing and speech impairments, cognitive impairments, and fatigue is often a challenge for him. more

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This week has taken me on a journey I never wanted to take. For the first time, my mother does not know me. more

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She is standing at the kitchen sink ready for church: flowered skirt, knit top, matching blouse, stockings, comfortable shoes, makeup. It must have taken her a good three hours, but she is ready to go. more

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My mother, who moved from her longtime hometown about 200 miles away and into an assisted living, needed to be closer to me. more

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“I had a dream last night about water,” my mother says as we dice cantaloupe and brew our morning coffee. “I woke up with wet sheets.” more

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Caregivers provide care in a wide variety of situations. Caregiving can be a very difficult task to accomplish, especially when it involves caring for an elderly parent. more

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I was ten years old when I was finally diagnosed with CMT. It had been years of misdiagnosis that finally led my parents to an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed me with this disorder. more

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As a wife, I had a suspicion that there was something awfully wrong with my husband. more

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Caregiving can begin with a moment’s notice, as Beth discovered. Her elderly mother, widowed and living independently in the Midwest, had suffered a disabling stroke. more

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I am one among millions of statistically likely only-child caregivers working on my own to provide care within the caregiving community. more

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Alzheimer’s disease came into my life in January of 2001, and at the time, it seemed like the lesser of two evils. more

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Let me first clue-in the reader to the fact that I’m an only child - or I was prior to losing my father and my mother.. I no longer am a daughter to anyone. more

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