Care for caregivers

Hi,

Welcome to my site,

Ideally you wouldn’t be looking for something like this. If you’re here, I’m guessing there’s someone you really care about who’s facing the fight of their life right now. That’s scary. Little things that you took for granted? They can seem like a big deal right now. I sure¬†you wish none of this was happening.

I know – I’ve been there too

Just about four years ago now, my life changed. I became a caregiver. My wife, Laura, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. It was rough on her. Rough on the kids. And rough on me. Yeah, that’s right – rough on me.

Caregivers are too often left out

Which just sucks. I hated being worried about Laura. Worried about the future. Worried about money. Worried about our kids. Worry Worry Worry Worry. The the constant appointments and the endless hours in hospital waiting rooms? Managing the kids? Trying to maintain an income? Trying to look after myself despite the late nights googling medical terms and their definitions? Scouring cancer websites and forums for glimmering stories of hope? Ugh. It was exhausting and overwhelming.

We had help

As a family help was there. Lots of it. Food. Playdates for the kids. Babysitters. Money. You name it. My full time job title ¬†became coordinator of help. Does this sound at all familiar to you? Managing all that help can be a lot of work. And, at times I found that I had to ‘stay positive’ or ‘stay strong’ by putting on a brave face for others.

Eventually I crashed

I needed more support. But I had neither the time nor the money to spend going to my therapist as often as I could have. There’s free support out there. It’s usually in hospitals, which I had enough of. Or it’s during business hours while I was working. Or it was complicated and difficult to join. On top of all that, as a caregiver, I was an afterthought of the health care system. No one suggested that I might need some help. No one gave me an idea of where to go.

You don’t have to put up with that

Here you’ll find lots of resources. Everything from chemo friendly recipes and links to juicer reviews to handy check lists of ‘good to have’ stuff while your family is facing a crisis. As well I’m building an annotated links page to help you connect with some great support resources in your community. It isn’t built yet, but if you contact me, I’ll shoot you a quick email with some notes on some services.

Life coach for caregivers

As a caregiver, you’re not the sick one. And you might need some support. As a life coach I can help you keep it together during this crisis so you can be there for your family. No time? We can have a phone or Skype appointment at any time. Contact me for information on my three coaching packages

  • Facing the Crisis – for when things first go sideways
  • The New Normal – Support during treatments
  • What’s Next? – Moving forward after the storm has passed.

So if you’re a new caregiver and you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can face it. Send me a message, I might be able to help make it easier.

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