THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: “Just Let Go” Doesn’t Work When a Loved One is Medically Complex

Jessica McLean is a writer who cares for her Mom. I asked Jess to write about the challenges of letting go and trusting others with her Mom’s care. “Just letting go” doesn’t work when a loved one is medically complex, as Jess learned. A few years ago, my mother ended up in the ICU with ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: My New Year’s Resolution for 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! Yesterday, I happened upon an article titled ‘7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People’.  It was number 5 that caught my eye: You Strive to Control Your Life.  Now, I’m a very happy person – I’m an optimist by nature.  But when I am unhappy, usually there’s a control issue in the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Learning to Let Go With Love and Confidence

By Guest Contributor, Kathy Bell My son Kevin is 20 years old. Kevin has Mowat Wilson Syndrome, a condition that involves developmental and medical challenges. He is non-verbal (although he communicates well with his iPad), and he has motor and processing issues. From a physical care perspective, Kevin can do some things on his own, but he ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: It’s Scary Being an Aging Caregiver

Growing older always involves some kind of loss.  For my Mom, it meant giving up her beloved car.  To Mom, a car has always represented freedom and independence.  She fancies herself as a kind of Canadian Thelma or Louise – ‘I’ve had it up to my ass in sedate!’ would be her motto (that’s a ...

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