Posts by Candice Smith

Fear is at the Heart of Love...

Fear is at the Heart of Love...

By Candice Smith

...fear is at the heart of love… This line from a song has always resonated with me, even before I became a care partner and lost my Dad to cancer.

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"Chosen Family" Care Partner

By Candice Smith

Recently I learned that a friend is the power-of-attorney and executor for the mother of her ex-husband.  Knowing that her divorce hadn’t been amicable, I was surprised by this until Jennifer said...

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Self Care Support for Care Partners

Self Care Support for Care Partners

By Candice Smith

“Self-care”, a term that returns 2,970,000,000 results on Google in just 0.60 seconds, and just in typing that search term adds more weight to my shoulders.  Self-care for care partners is something...

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Rethinking the Words Family, Care, and Partner

Rethinking the Words Family, Care, and Partner

By Candice Smith

2020 has been quite the year.  Yes, this is an overstated understatement.  I am not the first person to try to write through my evolving grief in the hopes of making sense of all that is happening,...

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Who is a Care Partner?

Who is a Care Partner?

By Candice Smith

Previously I’ve written about my own disconnection to the term caregiver.  In addition to that label not accurately describing the type of care I was offering at any given moment in time, I was also...

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Care Partners are Different Than Caregivers

Care Partners are Different Than Caregivers

By Candice Smith

As a child I was taught that “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  As an adult, I’ve learned that the reality of word choice or a role label can bring pain or...

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