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The Importance of Self-Care: # 5 – Spiritual Self-Care

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” ~Eckhart Tolle Spirituality means something different to everyone. The aim of this self-care topic is not to show a preference for one type spirituality practice over another. It isn’t about debating which dogma is best or worse; relevant or irrelevant. However you view spirituality…

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The Importance of Self-Care: #2 – Emotional Self-Care

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~Jack Kornfield Being emotionally-drained is a real thing. In fact, per healthyplace.com, “compassion fatigue is a form of burnout where caregivers continue to give themselves fully to the person they are caring for, finding it difficult to maintain a healthy balance of being able to separate themselves from the patient…

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The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is an important topic for family caregivers as much as it is for anyone else. As a family caregiver, we can be introduced to an inordinate amount of stress. Sometimes we encounter stress on a daily basis depending on what stage we are in along our caregiving journey. As a caregiver, we tend to hear the question, “What are…

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A Clear Vision

Since 2013 I have wanted to do more in the realm of caregiving but at the time I had no idea what I could do. In 2016 I started writing a book on the essentials of caregiving. There are many caregiving books but none of them had answers to the questions I had. As they say in the writing world,…

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My Personal Care Journey

#RareDiseaseDay

Today is Rare Disease Day. It is a much needed day of awareness. In all of my advocacy for caregiving and all of my search during my caregiving experience, rare diseases are rarely mentioned. Non-profits tend to focus on children’s cancer, adult cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s and then the disease-specific research dwindles down from there. There is not any disease-specific research for…

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Best Practices: Contacting Your Health Insurance

Dealing with the onslaught of medical bills and health insurance letters can be frustrating and downright infuriating at times, especially in a caregiving situation. It becomes necessary sometimes to reach out to our health insurance to find out just exactly what is going on. Maybe a bill was more than you expected or possibly never got paid at all. If…

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My Personal Care Journey

I’ve Been Thinking

Oftentimes I sit and catch myself off guard because I start thinking about the past. I think about how I made the decision to care for my husband before we were even dating, we were just best friends. I think about how what I thought was a severe sinus infection for him turned into a nightmare that almost ended his…

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