Accepting the Gift of Caregiving

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Are you are a caregiver?
Will you become a caregiver, or have you been a caregiver?
Do you know a caregiver, or do you
support a caregiver?
Will you
need a caregiver?


The potential is great that most of us will, unexpectedly, become a caregiver. Whether for a parent, a spouse, a sibling, a grandparent or a child, there is a good chance many eventually will be accepting the gift of caregiving in some manner. Will you be ready?

Browse our stories. It is a joy to share stories from our journey. It is even more exciting to have guest authors share their thoughts to help light the way for those caregivers who follow.

I hope you find a story that lifts your spirits and makes you realize you are not alone.  If you have time, please leave a ‘comment’ below to let authors know. It encourages us all to have support of readers.

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Come back soon!🍦 Thank you. 🍪
Judith Allen Shone
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Dementia diseases are on the rise around the world, surging in a way we never anticipated. Each loved one needs a caregiver and support.

This blog offers pages of  thoughts related to what could come along in Alzheimer’s World.  There are many variables, yet, many similarities.

At the moment of My Love’s diagnosis, I was plunged, untrained and afraid, into the darkness of the most demanding phase of my life, the role of spouse-caregiver.

It is no secret I want caregivers to learn more about the caregiving life…I’ve written two books and this blog with the hope of giving a glimpse into the caregiving world to those who are ready and want to learn. There is no better teacher than life’s emotional experiences. 

My purpose is to help prevent caregivers from feeling alone, afraid and anxious. They do not need to be desperate or in denial. They do not have to suffer without support.

RickandJudybookpic4x5The author and her loved one

Share this site with Caregivers.
Become their support.
Readers and caregiver support all are valued links
in our chain of care! 

Guest authors, those who are related to caregiving in some way,
share their thoughts and experiences, creating a broader spectrum
for understanding.

Walk beside us, through essays, stories, and expressive writing, to uncover what might be ahead in a caregiver’s world. 

Feel relief knowing others have been angry or sad, others have experienced similar guilt,  and made the same mistakes and wondered about the same unanswered questions.

I even felt our love grow stronger! 

This blog is named for the book series ACCEPTING THE GIFT OF CAREGIVING – two books about surviving the challenges of, and the inescapable heartaches of, caregiving for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s, anxiety and COPD.

Those who want to understand a caregiver’s life, and yearn to feel encouragement and support, will resonate with the shared experiences,
both here and in the two books.

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   (July 2019)
(to be published 2020)

cover 3in COMPRAs you read,  you may want more information.

Where to next?
Learn What’s Here...see the menu items you might be interested to review.

  1. Browse the menu; let us erase the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease and those who care for them through understanding.
  2. Read more about the book, “Is There Any Ice Cream?”
  3. Read reviews of the book “Is There Any Ice Cream?”
  4. Learn More about Judith Allen Shone, author.

A REMINDER before you go, these stories are copyrighted with all rights reserved. If you choose to copy any words from this site, for education purposes, for your school project, for sharing with other caregivers, for inclusion in a speech, please, please honor the rights of authors, as you wish to be honored and include the author’s name, mine or the guest, the article name and the date, the name and link of this blog.

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“Accepting the Gift of Carergiving”  Copyright © 2019 Judith Allen Shone

Do something each day to make others smile and your heart sing.

NOTE: All illustrations for book cover, the lilacs, and the illustrations for the Caregiver Feels image are originally created by ©Tatiana Mitrushova, with license from @MitrushovaArt on Etsy. The cone of the book cover original by Jiri Hera, with license from

Many of the graphic images in this site are from and We are grateful to the creators, photographers, illustrators and artists for permission to use them.

Visit the website for the book “Is There Any Ice Cream?”


2 thoughts on “Accepting the Gift of Caregiving

  1. Thank you for visiting our stories, Donna. Your expertise is a value to the world of caregivers. It might not be the life we expected, but there is much to learn from it. 🙂


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