Choosing your own path

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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The Starting Line

The Starting Line

By Candice Smith

The other day I was listening to a friend talk about her aging parents.  While neither parent is ill, they are in their 80’s.  And because neither is ill, there is no pressing need to doanything. ...

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The Fear of Being Wrong

The Fear of Being Wrong

By Candice Smith

The fear of being wrong, or not doing something right, can be debilitating.  Especially when the decision impacts life and death. In my opinion, this explains why so many people desire to be told...

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Others Are Going Through This with You

Others Are Going Through This with You

By Candice Smith

So far most of what I’ve written to you about has been focused on the emotional and psychological responses that you may encounter as a family care partner.  Those visceral, internal struggles to be...

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Remain True to Yourself

Remain True to Yourself

By Candice Smith

For a time, a long time, during my Dad’s illness I felt this immense pressure to be his savior. Perhaps I couldn’t save his life, but I could protect him from the “horrible” realities of the...

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