. . . Where Caregivers Encourage One Another!

Hello and Welcome!

Hey there! Yes, you!
I am so excited you came to visit! 😊
Go get your coffee or a cup of tea. . .

Caregivers are mighty warriors, enlightened survivors!

From being a caregiver, from knowing caregivers and reading their stories, I have learned that caregivers:
          …have the bravery of gladiators,
          …the natural ability of geniuses,
          …the wisdom of a sage;
         …borrow magic from wizards,
         …hold hands with angels,
        …display the selflessness of parents, and
        …have shoulders of Atlas;
        …are so busy caring for their loved one that they
don’t realize they are God’s treasures in the
universe. 🤗

Learning together

Q- Are you an informal, unpaid caregiver, a family member? a spouse? partner? friend or neighbour? or caregiver support?

Q- Is your loved one’s need for care related to memory loss?

This site is for you – to help you sense the caregiver’s life and to find meaning in your months and years ahead.

Read our caregiver-written stories.

Sometimes these stories find their way into my life
at just the moments I need them.” ~ Carla S., caregiver

We know from childhood that we learn from stories.
In that same way, I hope our stories will:
1. broaden the knowledge base in a caregiver’s toolbox, and
2. guide those who, by choice, support them.

The authors of these stories are caregivers who stepped up to, or fell into, the role of caring for loved ones with memory loss. They are family members, or a friend, or caregivers supporting other caregivers.

Caregivers can also be professionals in the field of caring, as well as members of support teams. They have lived in the world of caregiving and have helped carry the burdens for those who no longer can manage on their own.

Stories break through into the heart space.”
Walking Each Other Home, by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush

Our hope is that the experiences and emotions shared here will warm caregiver hearts and let them sense that caregivers can support one another.

It does not matter what you call a caring person…
. . . a caregiver, a caretaker, a care partner, aidant principal, la cuidadora,
or an angel of mercy . . .

Will you be ready?

…ready for the caregiver challenges, the confusion, the new routines, the loneliness, the new concerns and values, as newly found perspectives of your life transform you into a caregiver?

“Becoming a caregiver is not a role that most people think about, dream about or even prepare for. But eventually everyone is drafted into, and transformed by the caregiver role …it infuses all aspects of our lives”

From Growing Together – Transformation to a Caregiver” – from Stories for Caregivers’ video

We do know that at some point in our life, most of us, man or woman, will likely, unexpectedly, be accepting the gift of caregiving, walking along that bumpy path with a loved one.

We have witnessed that the caregiver role does not arrive in a timely manner- you won’t be ready and it won’t wait for a convenient moment!. The role does not hold back for someone to be physically able, socially stable, confidently educated or financially ready for ‘what if.’

But with the resources, support and information available, be inspired to do the best you can with what you know at any given moment.

Walk with caregivers

The author and her loved one

I invite you to walk with me and my guest authors who reveal joys and sorrows from their personal caregiving experiences.

I hope you will let us shine a light on your path so you will no longer feel alone.

Thank YOU for your encouragement.

Remember, you are my sunshine! 🌞
Judith Allen Shone 🍦 🍪

I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.

Charles de Lint

Enjoy this delightful introduction to caregiving…perhaps encouragement and reassurance!
Created by Donna Thomson & Dr. Zachary White – it won a Telus Stories for Caregivers Prize.
Used on this blog with permission from Stories for Caregivers.

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2 thoughts on “. . . Where Caregivers Encourage One Another!

  1. Thank you for visiting our stories, Donna. Your expertise is a value to the world of caregivers. I hope you will consider sharing a short story here. 🙂

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