Chris Shares His Story in SunSentinel

Chris_TLOChris (@thpurplejacket) shared his story during the last months he cared for his partner (“TLO”) with a reporter and photographer for SunSentinel newspaper.

The story appears today in the newspaper’s print edition and is also available online: In Sickness and in Health: A Couple’s Final Journey.

I visited Chris in Florida this past week and attended TLO’s memorial service on Wednesday. I said a few words at the memorial service but couldn’t quite figure out how to tell one story. I shared it the next day at lunch with Pegi (@worriedwife) and Debbie (@derbytwo) and then that night with Chris.

So, I’ll share it with you, too.

I visited Chris and TLO last March. During our visit, Chris and TLO showed me the sights and sounds of South Florida. When we stopped for lunch or dinner, Chris would say, “I’ll take a picture.” So, I would pose and fuss a bit and do my best to give my best smile. (I knew the photos would land on Facebook.) With a few exceptions, the photos Chris took simply featured one model–TLO. I didn’t make the frame.

Chris only had eyes for TLO.

(I will do my best to let you know if I’m traveling to your area so I can meet you for lunch as I did with Pegi and Debbie. It’s a treat to connect in person.)

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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.

2 thoughts on “Chris Shares His Story in SunSentinel

  1. Avatar of PegiPegi

    It was wonderful spending a few hours with you, @Denise. Read this article yesterday and it is heartbreakingly (?) beautiful, touching and thought provoking. Chris, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Avatar of JanetJanet

    Hey if you come to Florida again, I live in central FL, 50 miles east if Orlando and Disney world. I live in Cocoa, near port canvaeral where cruise take off from. I have in Florida almost whole life except for the 20 years I was in the army. I can’t believe I have been out if the army for 20 years. My mom tried to tell me I turn 30 on my next birthday next month, I looked at her and I wish, I am really turning 60 years old. Hope you have a great week.


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