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Great News Today!

September 1st, 2014

The new paperback edition of my book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving” (The House of Anansi Press, 2014) is available as of today in the USA at all major booksellers!

Here’s a short interview that aired a few months ago on a national morning TV show in Canada.   It will Continue reading


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The Time It Takes

August 27th, 2014

It was mid morning yesterday when I arrived at my Mom’s apartment and mid afternoon when we ambled out to the car to begin our errands.  In the interim, we’d had toast and coffee, I’d tamed her bedhead hair with spray and mousse, and I’d done a quick alteration on her summer dress.  …Mom’s lost weight and many Continue reading


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The Time It Takes

August 27th, 2014

It was mid morning yesterday when I arrived at my Mom’s apartment and mid afternoon when we ambled out to the car to begin our errands.  In the interim, we’d had toast and coffee, I’d tamed her bedhead hair with spray and mousse, and I’d done a quick alteration on her summer dress.  …Mom’s lost weight and many Continue reading


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The Film ‘Boyhood’: Reflections on Holding On and Letting Go

August 20th, 2014

A date night with my husband Jim doesn’t happen often.  We have fallen into our habits of cooking dinner together, followed by reading or watching a British television drama.  Sometimes, though, a movie or play catches my eye and I peek out of my turtleshell long enough to organize an escape from my comfy chair at home.
This week, we… Continue reading


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Caring for Someone with Meningioma (Brain Tumor)

August 15th, 2014

A friend of our family passed away from meningioma, so I was pleased to host a guest post about caring for a loved one with this type of brain tumour.

This is a Post by Jan Vespremi

Treatment Options For Meningioma


First, let’s talk about the science. As a caregiver, understanding the science of meningiomas—while it doesn’t negate the stress Continue reading


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What to Look for in a Nursing Home for Your Ageing Parents

August 14th, 2014

Guest Post by Juliet Martin

When your parents get to an age that you believe they would be better off living away from their (or your) home in order to receive the care they need, when they need it, you’ll find many nursing homesavailable to you, but the question is; what should you look for when comparing these homes … Continue reading


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Survival Skills for Stressed Out Caregivers

August 4th, 2014

I’ve just come from our family cottage in the north woods of Quebec.  It’s peaceful there – a place for reflecting and remembering.  My Nana built our cottage in the 1920s and my memories are of her making my toast on the woodstove with the sunlight dancing through the wood-framed window.

But the woods can be scary sometimes.  Once, I… Continue reading


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Memoir of Mourning: Journey Through Grief and Loss to Renewal (Book Review)

July 28th, 2014

Perhaps you fear losing the parent you care for.  Or maybe, you fear your own death as you care for your dying relative.  Maybe you just don’t know who you will be when your loved one passes and leaves you alone in the world, without the identity of caregiver.
Claudia Chowaniec has wrestled all these demons to the ground and… Continue reading


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Advice for New Caregivers

July 22nd, 2014

Today’s guest post is by Derek Hobson, BA.  Derek is the editor for ConciergeCareAdvisors.com, a senior care referral agency. He developed a passion for elder care when he became the primary caregiver for his grandmother. Since then, he has sought to inspire fellow caregivers as “there is no success without hardship.” 

When I was 20 years old, my grandmother Continue reading


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Setting Roles, Boundaries and Limits in Mothering a Complex Child

July 19th, 2014

One day a few months ago, fellow disability Mom and writer Jennifer Johannesen sat down with me for a chat.  (I highly recommend Jennifer’s book and her blog- they are at the top of my favourites list.)  In a previously published portion… of our chat, I introduced Nicholas and our family life.
Here, I discuss the pain and joy Continue reading


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