Three Performances, Four Four-Minute Caregiving Stories

Denise

Three Performances, Four Four-Minute Caregiving Stories

Denise
Join me for a very special series of four-minute caregiving stories over the next three Sundays.

Over the course of three Sundays, four family caregivers (including me) will share a four-minute story about Diagnosis Day, a Meaningful Moment and an Ending.

Diagnosis Day
We'll tell a story about what happened on the day our caree received a diagnosis or experience a life-changing medical event.



Meaningful Moment
We'll tell a story about a moment during caregiving which felt pivotal.



Ending
We'll talk about an ending and how its impact on us.



Our Story-Tellers

Denise M. Brown
In 1996, Denise launched Caregiving.com, the first website to add online caregiving support groups, daily caregiving chats and blogs written by family caregivers. Through its blogs posts, podcasts and video chats, Caregiving.com holds one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories. Denise's insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, SmartMoney.com, Time magazine and Chicago Tribune. Her books, including The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey and Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers, provide insights, inspirations and information to those who care for family members. She currently cares for her parents.

Lille Fuller
Lillie was raised in a caregiving family. Her parents each cared for their mothers and Lillie’s paternal grandmother lived with them. Lillie cared for her dad who had Parkinson’s and dementia. She is now the sole caregiver to her mom who is 90 and a stroke victim.Lillie joined Caregiving.com in 2009 and very active for the past three years.  She moderates the daily afternoon chat, the daily after-caregiving chat and volunteers as much as she can.  She also a graduated in the first Certified Caregiving Consultant class. Lillie attended and volunteered time at #NCC16 and is proud and excited to be a part of the Steering Committee for #NCC17.

Lisa Riggi
Lisa was raised in a caregiving home since birth.  Her grandmother lived with her parents since their wedding and she witnessed them care for several family members either in their home or at a facility. They became her carees in 2006 when they moved in with Lisa and her family. That is also the year she entered the world of self-employment for the benefit of flexibility with her time in order to care for them.  Taking her 30+ years of executive administrative/secretarial experience, Lisa opened a virtual assistant business. Lisa’s dad, who passed away on Veterans Day 2014, was a proud Air Force World War II and Korean War Veteran.  She has a passion for giving back to those who served and to the families that sacrificed to protect our country.  After helping her mom provide in-home hospice care for her dad, she found herself “lost” and wondering if there was something else she was suppose to be doing.  And then she found Caregiving.com and realized where and what she was to do. With her intent to help veterans and their families in caregiving situations, Lisa completed Certified Caregiving Consultant and Certified Caregiving Educator training classes.  She has opened her caregiving consultant business, The Serene Harbor, which will offer caregivers and their families a place of peace and safety as they navigate their caregiving journey. Besides caring for her 87-year-old mother who lives with her family, Lisa cares for her 17- year old son who has Type 1 diabetes.

Beth Rooney Suereth

Beth, managing partner for HaveHealth, helps family caregivers successfully navigate hospitalizations. She is a Family Caregiver Ambassador at the Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center at Overlook Medical Center and an INELDA-trained end-of-life doula. She received the Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act certificate through the University of Pennsylvania and the Medco President’s Award for the Family Caregiver Project and launch of the Women’s Health Therapeutic Resource Center. When her father was hospitalized for his first surgery, Beth wasn’t aware that family members could have an impact on the health of a hospitalized loved one. Several hospital stays later, it became clear that family caregivers could make a significant difference in a loved one’s health outcome and overall cost of care.

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