Talking about stable conditions

Talking about stable conditions

Sometimes caregiving has wild ups and downs, but other caregivers face endless days that are the same. I know people mean well, but asking if someone with an incurable disease is feeling better wears on my nerves. Sometimes I find myself wanting to let people know...
The cost of unpaid caregiving

The cost of unpaid caregiving

People are starting to talk about caregiving. A recent Forbes article highlighted how 40 million family caregivers in the US are putting their own careers on hold to provide unpaid care — sometimes for decades. As a result these family caregivers could find...
Alcohol and chronic pain

Alcohol and chronic pain

A quarter of people with chronic pain use alcohol for pain relief. Doctors and caregivers have major concerns about the potential for interactions between alcohol and pain medications — and the potential to develop an addiction. Estimates of addiction among...
Life after caregiving

Life after caregiving

For so many of us, our old life ended when we became a caregiver. What happens when our time as a caregiver ends? My mother just passed away and I’m at a loss. I’ve been taking care of her for seven years, my life revolved around her. Don’t know what...
What caregiving feels like

What caregiving feels like

Caregiving means being exhausted.   So, so exhausted. You’re being buried alive in paperwork Or worse…you have to manage paperwork online You have to learn everything in an instant While juggling a million tasks Sometimes you just can’t catch a...
When we’re not here

When we’re not here

As I was waiting for a bus in the outer-edges of Brooklyn, a particularly fragrant homeless man steered his wheelchair aggressively into the crowd. The crowd parted like the Red Sea, only to realize he was staking his claim to be first on the bus. There was a moment...
5 stories of finding peace

5 stories of finding peace

How do you keep going after someone you love passes away? Here’s how five people kept putting one foot in front of the other after their world came crashing down. 13 Fish Dan Ozzi shares an unconventional way of finding closure after his grandmother’s...