calculator-icon-mdCaregiving can seem like one big numbers game.

You can count on one hand how many times another family member has offered to help. You won’t even guess how many handfuls of M&Ms you gulped yesterday. You can’t keep up with the number of doctors’ appointments. You hate to keep track of how many nights you and your caree have spent in the hospital. You dread computing the costs of your caree’s care.

The math just gives you a migraine.

When you’re tempted to tally, look to a different set of numbers. Count your blessings, no matter how small. Your blessings multiple when you add them up.

How are you blessed? Please share in our comments section, below.

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About Denise Brown

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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  1. Avatar of RichardRichard

    I am blessed with a wonderful, understanding, loving, grateful, caring and very supportive family which includes an amazing wife. I am also blessed with love in my heart for everyone that has been there for me, my mom and Robert through our difficult times. I will help support those that have none to repay those that have helped me. Namaste’

  2. Avatar of PegiPegi

    I am blessed when I look at my husband. In spite of still in a holding pattern for some outstanding procedures; his spirit is positive again and his PT going well. We have a wonderful son and dil who are loving and caring to the extreme. My daughter in law is out of the country right now dealing with her father’s death; and still emails daily for reports on my husband. Friends, wonderful friends my husband made throughout the years with his kind and generous attitude. His willingness to always be the first to offer help has come full circle. Two of the men he worked with a decade ago, are here offering to help on a weekly basis! I am extremely blessed that I found this kind, loving, supportive community. Don’t know where I’d be today with out Can never thank Denise and all the dear friends I’ve met here enough. With that I wish blessings to all of you.

  3. Avatar of JaneJane

    My biggest blessing is Nicole. She has brought so much joy into my life and has taught me so much about myself and since her diagnosis teaching me what is really is important in life. I am still learning this. Some days I still forget.

    I am blessed with my husband and the rest of my family, including my dogs. I don’t know if I could get through every day without them.

    I am also blessed by Denise and The friends that I have made here and the support I have received. I am also blessed by the PH community and the support I have through them.


  4. Avatar of EllysGdaughterEllysGdaughter

    I am blessed with family to support and encourage – Hubby, Sisters, my sons, church family and friends from college days. We support and encourage each other, it’s mutual!

    I receive blessings through my desire to “abide in the Branch”, enduring the pruning which happens as I go through our caregiving adventure, the most intense one I have been on yet!

    Caregivers on this site, especially Denise have been a huge blessing, helping me grow in maturity as I question, get frustrated, blow up and share my heart.

  5. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    My blessings include but are not limited to:
    1. You all. Thank you so much, Denise, for making all this possible.
    2. Other good friends and the technologies that let us keep in touch.
    3. The wonderful soul that my partner still is and the love that we still share.
    4. Our support groups.
    5. The other people who accept my partner as she is and who thus make the world seem a little safer to her.
    6. The doctors and other healthcare providers who understand and who are in our corner.
    7. Everything that nurtures my creativity.
    8. My good health, knock on wood.
    9. The basics: food, shelter, transportation.
    10. The extras, from my computer to my exercise equipment and more.
    11. Good clients and good work.
    12. Nature, and the blessings of taking respite within it.
    13. The life I’ve been able to live, both in the past and now.
    14. The things I’ve survived and that have made me resilient, including everyone who has helped me in this journey.
    15. The fact that my sense of wonder remains intact.


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