I am a caregiver. I am not a Caregiver.

When Jack was diagnosed, the label “care receiver” was immediately given to him, and the label “caregiver” was immediately given to me. For as long as I can remember, I have sought to care for others in ways I can and I get a great sense of well-being from being...

From Puppy Love to Mother Teresa

I have a friend who, as a very gifted athlete, grew up playing sports and traveling constantly so he did not have any pets. I grew up with pets - cats, dogs, horses and yes, some cattle who were like pets! When my friend began dating a woman who had three dogs, he...

The Communities of Our Journeys

Not long after my brother married for the first time, his wife said some things about our parents I found hurtful. I called my Dad sobbing uncontrollably (I was 22 at the time - oh the drama!). Once my Dad made sure I was physically ok, he explained with great insight...

Yes, But in the Moment They Do

I was talking with someone recently about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Her father is in memory care with a type of Dementia.  As we shared our plans, I began explaining the variety of fun things I had planned for Jack for the holiday celebration. She...

Choice and Rose-Colored Glasses

It was a very cold February evening in Chicago, IL. I was driving home from a memorial service for one of my best friends, Amy*, who had passed away after a very brave and short battle with lung cancer. I was one of more than 3,000 who attended her memorial service....

Be a C.A.R.E. Prodigy

Who is a C.A.R.E. prodigy and why do we want to be one? We are C.A.R.E. prodigies when we have learned our uniquely greatest talents and abilities (the definition of prodigy). We use them to live with confidence and clarity. We use them to positively manage the care...

Creating the Care Giver’s Affirmation

An affirmation is a statement of something that is true, to publicly show your support for an opinion or idea. When I wrote my book, Our Journey of Love, 5 Steps to Navigate YOUR Care Giving Journey, I wrote an affirmation at the beginning of each chapter. It states...

Interview with Lori LaBey

In our interview we discuss 4 areas that help us have our most positive and balanced journeys as caregivers, while helping our care receivers and those around us have theirs.

Choice and Rose-Colored Glasses
Choice and Rose-Colored Glasses

It was a very cold February evening in Chicago, IL. I was driving home from a memorial service for one of my best friends, Amy*, who had passed away after a very brave and short battle with lung cancer. I was one of more than 3,000 who attended her memorial service....

Creating the Care Giver’s Affirmation
Creating the Care Giver’s Affirmation

An affirmation is a statement of something that is true, to publicly show your support for an opinion or idea. When I wrote my book, Our Journey of Love, 5 Steps to Navigate YOUR Care Giving Journey, I wrote an affirmation at the beginning of each chapter. It states...

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