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Table Talk Live: Trish and Richard

As you know, Trish scheduled me to present two caregiving seminars in Sacramento last week. Bette traveled with me and helped us organize the seminars and the trips.

Last Sunday, I gave a workshop called “Your Truth and the Team”; over a period of three hours, we discussed the private truth we carry in our hearts and how to uncover that truth to get the help we need. We had a terrific session with wonderful sharing and realizations.

After our workshop, I sat down with Trish, who cares for her brother, and her husband, Richard, who helps his mother and Trish’s brother. Trish also sometimes cares for Richard, who has a back injury from a car accident. I asked them to share how they manage their caregiving roles and their marriage.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.


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    I forgot to give a big shout-out to Abrah, Bette’s daughter, who does the music and our graphics for Table Talk Live. Thanks, Abrah, you do a wonderful job!!

  2. Thanks for being such a wonderful interviewer, Denise! It was easy to talk to you and share our experiences and how we manage our marriage & caregiving (warts & all). I’ve even forgiven you for springing the interview on us! :-)

    The workshop was absolutely terrific and I feel very grateful to have been able to participate in it. If anyone has a chance to come to one of your workshops, I highly recommend it!

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    Trish, Robert and Denise:

    I finally got the time to watch this :) It was fantastic! A couple of things jumped out at me. The first being that you are a caregiving couple and you guys understand each other. Unfortunately, even though my husband and I have a child that is ill he doesn’t have much involvement in caregiving. I do everything and the only time he is present is at the hospital for a procedure etc. I don’t think he realizes how training it is.

    The second thing is the organization … I completely lack in this area and I would love any tips from either one of you about this :)

    Denise you did a fantastic job as always… Bette you too!

    Jane ~ mom to Nicole, 17 yo, VSD, PAH, Eisenmengers (dx 1/22/10) BHJS (dx 2/4/11)
    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

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