Choices ~ Healing ~ Love
Spring sprang quickly and turned to cooler days here in the northeast. These past six months have been a whirlwind for me. I have begun taking many long weekend in the country visiting with friends her are loving and nurturing with me. One friend is quiet and mindful.. the other will conjure up anything to get the little girl inside me laughin even when I am crying. I am truly grateful for their loving friendship for without them, my healing would have been much more difficult.
Spring is truly a time of birthing and renewal. Mother's milking their babes, colts, calves, baby chicks all helped to touch and heal my wounded heart. Blossoms in the trees, the buddings of new life, all were an incredible support for my own renewal. So I am using this time still in retreat working at taking baby steps into the re patterning of my life. Slowly I hope to be returning to writing the newsletter on a monthly basis and responding more frequently at the message boards.
This issue of the newsletter is being posted late on Mother's Day. My wishes go out to all of you who are mothers and to those of you caring for your mothers on this truly special day.
May your journey be gentle and beautiful!
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Mardell resides in Central PA with her husband. She has been an LPN with 25 years of experience. Approximately 10 years ago, she left the nursing profession to begin her own insurance agency. In 2002 her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. At 89 years old, Mardell recently placed her in a nursing home as the demands of running a businessher own personal health issues and caring for her mother at home got to be too much. Mardell attends several local support groups in her area. Through her training, the support and her personal life experiences she has gained a wealth of knowledge and insight into caregiving. She is committed to helping others by sharing her knowledge.
Our chat room has picked up and we are looking for one or two more hosts. If you are interested please fill in the application. Chat Host.
Cooking Light Magazine - March 2005
Cooking Light featured an article on caregiving in March with the main inerview focused around Robin Arce from Empowering Caregivers. The article was about three pages with photos of Robin, her dad, her family and even her kitty cat..
Kudos to Susan Colon, the freelance lifestyle writer, based in New York City who fist interviewed me searching for a family caregiver to feature. Without Suzan's fortitude to present it to the magazine, there might not have been an article. Suzan had cared for a dear friend and understands the growing needs of the family caregiver.
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Breast Cancer Series:
Breast Cancer - Who Is At Risk and Understanding The Process - Fact Sheet Part I by National Cancer Institute
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bolibeli whose mother passed in April. She was her caregiver for six years. You gave so much and placed your own health in jeaopardy. We will keep you in our prayers for a gentle and nurturing healing on all levels as you begin to reclaim yourself fully.
Our thoughts and prayers go out equally to Ann49 aka Ann48 whose mother passed as well in April. Ann was a strong fighter and advocator on her mother's behalf and was a gifted blessing to her.. Our prayers are with you in your time of loss..
Richest blessing to both of you,
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity:
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic disorder characterized by musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points (18 known), particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), a person is considered to have fibromyalgia if they experience widespread pain with tenderness in at least 11 of 18 specific tender point sites.
Million Letter Campaign
"Financial Steps for Caregivers:
This free booklet provided by the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) was created to help caregivers make nformed financial decisions in their role of caring for a lovced one. Learn abouut budgeting, retirement planning, choices about employement and more. You may download the free booklet in pdf form. Financial Steps.
A cancer diagnosis has a profound impact on the entire family. There is new information to be learned and decisions to be made. And throughout it all the question, how much information do children need in order for them to feel comfortable and secure?
Introducing Medicare's New Coverage for Prescription Drugs is a pdf file you can read and download at: RX
New Breast Cancer Prevention Trial Launches -Researchers Seeking Healthy Women to Participate
Healthy women at an increased risk for breast cancer, which includes all women 60 or older, may be eligible to participate in the ExCel research study. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group, ExCel is a global prevention trial with 40 sites across the U.S. It will evaluate if the breast cancer drug exemestane can also effectively prevent the disease in healthy women at high risk. If proven effective, exemestane may provide women with a safer alternative to tamoxifen, currently the only drug FDA approved for prevention. For more information on ExCel and for a site nearest you, visit www.excelstudy.com.
Women Needed With Early State Breast Cancer Under Chemo or Radiation for Paid Focus Group
We are recruiting for an in-home study for women currently being treated with either radiation or chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer. The study will involve an in-home interview, recording your cancer treatment in a paper diary, and a series of about 6 brief follow-up telephone calls. Compensation is $500. We are seeking women who live within a 1-2 hour drive of NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
"One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both, are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do. There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours: They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for. This comes with much love and a prayer that you remember who you came from, and why you came to this beautiful, needful Earth.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place
Zora Neale Hurston
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot
The Truth From Dr. Ruth
I noticed a person whose habits bothered me.
Rivers of life flow through you every day.
For Those Who Work In An Office
Recently we have received credible intelligence that there have been seven terrorists working in your office. Six of the seven have been apprehended:
Three old sisters--92, 94, and 96 years old, respectively, lived together.
One day the oldest drew a bath. She put one foot in the water, paused, then called downstairs to her sisters, "Am I getting in the tub or out of the tub?"
The middle sister started up the stairs to help, then paused and called back downstairs, "Was I going up or coming down?"
The youngest sister, who was sitting at the kitchen table having tea, said, "I guess I'll have to help. I hope I never get that forgetful!" and knocked on wood.
She got up then, paused, and called, "I'll come up as soon as I see who's at the door!"
A 92 year-old man went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw the man walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm. At his follow up visit the doctor said to the man, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"
The man replied, "Just doing what you said Doctor, 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful'."
The Doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said 'you got a heart murmur. Be careful'".
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