5 Tips to Successfully Advocate for Your Person as a Caregiver

To say that I have an assertive personality is an understatement. I don’t believe in destiny, but it’s almost as if someone up there knew that I’d need to have a loud voice and the gumption to survive caregiving. There have been many moments where these personality traits have served me – but mostly my […]

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Fast and Frugal: Two Recipes Using One Value Pack of Chicken Breast

Sometimes being fast and frugal are necessary things. When I became a mother for the first time, I discovered that one of the most useful tools in my kitchen was a slow cooker I had received as a bridal shower gift almost five years earlier. Since this discovery, I’ve purchased two other slow cookers (one […]

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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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United Against Constipation & A Recipe

Let’s start this off with a disclaimer – I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Always seek medical advice from licensed medical expert if your loved one is experiencing gastrointestinal issues causing constipation, or irregularities in bowel movements. With that said, what I can say is that for us: chronic condition + medications = constipation. It’s an […]

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Caregivers: How to Plan for a Natural Disaster

Be prepared. Isn’t that a Boy Scout’s motto? Because I’m Type A, and because I’m not originally from a Gulf State (I’m originally a Torontonian), and because we have children, and because I’m just naturally a worrier – being prepared has become my personal motto. Calamity can strike at any time, right? I know that […]

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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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4 Ways that May Help Reduce Prescription Costs

Many caregivers know that prescription medications are a double-edged sword. In many cases, they are necessary to improve, or sustain, life – or quality of life. But prescriptions are expensive. And when you’re on a multitude of medications, it adds up. I’m not talking about the $4 generic antibiotics you pick up at the drug […]

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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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6 essential questions caregivers should ask before dining out

I like to think that when I’m not in the middle of a panic-inducing week (or month, or year) I’m a fun person to hang out with. I have been blessed with friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family members who want to hang out with us. We enjoy a good time and good food – who […]

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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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