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On My Mind
some comments caregivers have emailed to me over the years
about My Diary.
"On My Mind"
did not read all of what you wrote before I felt you may
be the one person who can understand what I'm going thru.
Mom has been in assisted care since my Dad was in a nursing
you so much for all the information. I really did feel all
alone in this situation. I have gained insight into my own
feelings about this most difficult time in my life."
I'm sorry that you lost your dad. It must be so hard for
you during this time. I feel as if I know you both from
reading your journals. I believe that you are a very strong
person. You have strengthened me already. Before I read
your journals I felt helpless, etc. Now at least I know
we'll be able to go on. I want to help my, but I also want
to stay well myself. Please take care of yourself. You have
blessed our lives in such a positive way. My prayers are
Dad was just diagnosed with vascular dementia, although
he has been suffering for quite some time and no one would
put an actual name to his condition till recently. I have
been reading On My Mind and am filled with emotion. There
are moments when I truly believe you are writing about my
I would like to say Thank You for appearing in my life.
It is late and I "should have" been preparing for work tomorrow.
Instead decided to do some research for another caregiver
(friend). After two hours of that decided to check out your
site. There are many things you spoke of that hit home for
me and gave me an opportunity to do a bit more of my memory
and grief work. It was very difficult (to put it lightly)
at times, yet if given the chance would do it again. Thanks
again and may we all walk in peace."
read many of your journal entries, and they have been like
a ray of sunlight into my world. I don't feel so alone anymore,
and some of the strength you have in your spirit seems to
have walked off the pages and into my own heart. I cannot
tell you how you have made my journey lighter, just by sharing
your experiences, strength and hope. I'm sure I'm not the
only one who has been so deeply touched. Wish you and your
dad well - I'm going to keep reading your journal - I've
bookmarked it for myself, for anytime I feel the struggle
is too much. It reminds me that there is someone who knows
just how I feel. Thank-you with all my heart."
feel it is time that I wrote to tell you how much I have
appreciated your "On my mind" column and that it has been
my saving grace in trying to deal with the heart wrenching
situation of having an aging parent in a long term care
facility. I know millions of people go through it but obviously
it affects some of us more than others. I just had to write
finally to tell you I am there with you and thank goodness
you are there for me."