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Welcoming a New Voice

 

I have lost count the number of times I have preached the importance of asking for help. In fact, you might be tired of hearing that sermon! Well, I am finally taking my own advice.

After losing both my grandmother and grandfather, my role as a caregiver dramatically changed. While I am still the mother of two young children and interact with family and professional caregivers all day, I found myself a bit lost when searching for stories to share with you all.

Going forward, my posts will aim to share the stories of other caregivers (just like you – heck, maybe even you!), offer new perspectives on the labor of love you perform each day, and give commentary on all things caregiving related. But I know this isn’t enough for you – you all deserve so much more.

My friend and colleague, Georgene Lahm, is going to step in to write about life as a caregiver. To be honest, I can’t think of anyone better to give this bullhorn to. Georgene has been writing about family caregivers and the topics important to them for nearly 20 years. In fact, she has written much of what you find on this website.

On top of that, Georgene is currently helping to care for her aging father and mother-in-law. She knows the ins and outs of care facilities, doctors’ offices, difficult conversations, frustrating moments, and juggling it all. Did I mention she survived her caregiving duties, a full-time job, and her son’s wedding this past year?

I think you will find that Georgene brings a unique voice to an all-too-common situation. You will find her posts here on the blog each month. Her first post will be up next Tuesday, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. I hope you will join me in giving her a warm welcome.

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