How to Cope with Caregiver Grief: A Q&A with Bishop John Abdalah

Grief is a normal, healthy response to any loss or perceived change. Sometimes, when there are multiple losses, untimely losses (in the case of younger people), losses that involve loss of income or involve children, grief can be complicated. As caregivers, we mourn the losses of our loved one as they lose various physical functions, […]

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The Hope Thief – It Wasn’t What I Thought it Would Be

When dealing with a progressive, life-long condition, especially if you’re “close” to the situation (like a caregiver, parent, spouse, or child), sometimes you attribute the loss of hope to the actual disease itself. Over the past two years, I’ve realized that for us, the hope thief is actually the loss of functionality. My darling husband […]

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Do You Fear the Unknown? Yeah – me too.

I’ve had the privilege of knowing others in similar situations – caregiving for a loved one who is dealing with a life-long and progressive condition. Something we all share is a level of anxiety that is uncommon in the general public and usually results from a shared fear of the unknown. But what are the […]

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Why I’m Becoming American

More than 12 years ago, my darling and I embarked on a journey to start our lives as a married couple. We didn’t have a typical beginning. He is American and I am Canadian. And while our countries share the longest border, and friendly relations – the process of moving me to the United States […]

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Sometimes, Quality of Life Saves Lives

When you’re hanging on to hope, sometimes the things that help you get through the days between today and the cure are the medications, therapies, procedures, appliances, and surgeries that you know have been proven to help with symptoms for the person you love and care for. Quality of life medicine saves lives, my friends. […]

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The 7 Ways I Care for Myself

When everything feels like it’s about others, it’s easy to ignore your own health. And the statistics don’t lie. An author manuscript published on PubMed Central titled: Physical and Mental Health Effects of Family Caregiving, identifies caregiving (which is defined in this case as a family or friend who provides unpaid care to a loved […]

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My Father’s Day Wish

On Father’s Day, and on every milestone or holiday, I have only one wish, one hope. I hope that my husband will be restored to his former self. Before Multiple Sclerosis reared its ugly head. I love him as he is now, however I know that it what he longs for, and we all long […]

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How to make the next hospital stay fractionally better

Almost a year ago to the day, our lives were forever changed when a relapse of my husband’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) snuck up on us over the course of a few months. We struggled to understand why everyday tasks seemed more difficult for him and why an uncharacteristic fatigue had washed over him and wouldn’t […]

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Caring: The Handywork of All Caregivers

Sometimes, I nostalgically think back to my very simple (but mostly happy) childhood and wonder whether my experiences then were training me for things that were to come. One of my earliest memories was of visiting a camp for children with disabilities – I distinctly remember that my father was there and that the camp […]

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