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What Does Your Caree Teach You?

I’m so enjoying RoaringMouse‘s special series, 8 Nights Plus 1, in which she shares what she learned from her husband during their marriage and throughout her experience caring for him.

In her series, RoaringMouse reminds that learning is ever-present during caregiving. In a time that just seems to take, caregiving can teach. I’d love for you to share what you learn from your caree. Perhaps it’s patience or the value of time or the importance of telling the truth about your limits.

Please share your lessons learned in our comments section, below.

Congrats to Chris, who won yesterday’s gift–a copy of our newest eBook, My Caregiving Journal.

About Denise

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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. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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    Congratulations, Chris! 😀

    I think my partner has taught me more things than I can count — patience, certainly, and acceptance of what is. The need to set boundaries. The need to speak up. How to pay attention to various environmental factors. When to step away from an argument. When to tame my own ego (aka, “How much does this really matter?”) And the need to trust in a slow, often arduous and frustrating process that often obscures the fact that she is also doing heavy lifting, just at her own pace and in her own way.

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    Denise you are too kind! Even in Aftergiving I have lots to learn too! I’m still a student.

    The Roaring Mouse

  3. I learned to look at the drippings of a candle in a bright and beautiful new way. And I was tickled to learn you can make a menorah out of Marshmallow Rice Krispies. What fun! Thanks for another lovely visit to your Holiday Blog Party! :)

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    Congratulations, Chris!! A party AND gifts – what’s not to love! :-)

    My caree (Robert) has taught me to enjoy the simple moments of life. Whether he is watching Jeopardy, playing cards or concentrating on his word search puzzle, he is “all in” at that moment. He has also taught me that laughter really does lighten a situation.

    My other sometime caree and full-time husband (Richard) has shown me what perseverence is. He is in constant pain (sometimes worse than others) yet he gets up every day, he does more than he probably should and he lives his life, pain and all.

    My husband’s caree (my mother-in-law), has shown me how to have hope in spite of a slew of health problems. She always is optimistic she will be better/have fewer doctor appointments, etc.


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