Pulitzer Prize Nomination: A Posthumous Birthday Gift


Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde

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Photo Credit: Carline Jean Photographer for the Sun-Sentinel

Today, January 24, would have been Richard’s eighty-fourth birthday. Last year we celebrated with a small group of friends at one of our favorite stopping grounds, D’Angelo’s, in Fort Lauderdale; it was a fun-filled evening that everyone will always remember.  One of my favorite photos from our story, ‘In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey was snapped at D’Angelo’s last year.  Anticipating those delicious Petit Fours, you see us both peering into the box, as if we are playing a game of peek-a-boo.  While I forget how many Petit Fours were in the box, I do remember that by the next morning, the box was empty!

This week comes the word that our story, ‘In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey’ has been nominated by the Sun-Sentinel for Pulitzer Prize consideration.  I think it is fitting that I share this information with you today on what would have been Richard’s eighty-fourth birthday.  Both modest, yet very accomplished, Sun-Sentinel journalist Diane Lade and photojournalist Carline Jean told our story in a very loving way that has touched over 400,000 people worldwide.  I am thankful because the story has provided me with a very special memory that will last a lifetime.

Those who knew Richard knew him to be a private person.  For him to agree to do the story was his gift of love, care, and commitment to me.  I return it two-fold.  I am reminded of some sage advice that I have received along the way since Richard’s life transition: ‘The feeling of missing him will get softer, but the love you shared will always be strong.’  I think of these words of wisdom quite often, especially today on his birthday with this special news, reminds me how strong love can be in one’s life.

My faith tells me that I will see him again; my mind tells me that he is forever pain-free; my heart tells me that he is right next to me.

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Superstars: Diane Lade and Carline Jean

I thank Diane Lade and Carline Jean for telling our story through the lens of love, care and commitment as that was the true story of our life together.  In my book, they have already won; they also won Richard’s heart along the way, too.  For without their demonstration of professionalism, along with the love, care, and commitment they showed to us on this journey, Richard never would have felt comfortable, especially over the last few months,  to continue with the story as the cancer took over his body.

Richard said to me just a few weeks before he made his life transition, “Diane and Carline are going to have quite an end to their story.”  That Sunday afternoon on March 9, 2014 when Richard made his life transition, he waited for Diane and Carline to arrive in order to say his goodbye to two people who he allowed into his heart.  Richard let very few people into his life, and in his way, by this very deserving nomination, Richard’s love, care, and commitment, continues to give back to the people he loved, cared and trusted the most.

Congratulations to Diane, Carline and the entire Sun-Sentinel Staff who worked on this project.

Diane Lade and Carline Jean will always have a special place in my heart.

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The Eden Alternative: Seven Domains of Well-Being


Join us on Wednesday, March 4th  at 7 pm EST on HealthCafeLive.com as we welcome Lisa Kendall from Crossroads Counseling & Consulting to our show. Our popular culture’s notion of     success seems to focus on how much money we make, how busy we are, and how healthy and slim our bodies feel.  Caring for a loved on who is ill, and coping with life after Caregiving may bring us to a different frame of mind, one where we confront the reality of aging and changing abilities  while seeking to understand the deeper lessons of life and love.  Join Lisa and Chris as we explore The Eden Alternatives seven domains of well-being how you can use them as a guide to greater satisfaction, no matter where you are on your life and Caregiving journey. Lisa Kendall is someone who is creating “Healing Ties” all around us!

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Gail Gibson Hunt from the National Alliance for Caregiving on Healing Ties Radio


 

Join us on Wednesday, February  25th at 7 pm EST on HealthCafeLive.com as we welcome the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Caregiving, Gail Gibson Hunt, to our show. Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of      national organizations focused on improving the lives of family caregivers. As Caregivers, we are often faced with the task of managing our Caree’s health during a variety of stages. But what about managing the Caregivers health and well-being?  Recognized as a national expert on family  caregiving and long-term care,  Gail has a keen understanding of the issues Caregivers and their Caree’s face on a daily basis.  Listen in and learn how Gail and the entire staff at the     National Alliance for Caregiving are creating “Healing Ties” all around us!

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Advocacy Heals U on Healing Ties Radio


Join us for another episode  of ‘Healing Ties’ Radio LIVE on Wednesday February 18th at 7:00 pm (est)  on HealthCareLive.com as we welcome Joni Aldrich and Chris Jerry to our program!

Webster defines advocacy “as the act or process of supporting a cause or purpose.” Both accomplished authors, public speakers and radio show host themselves, Joni and Chris’ story is compelling and heart-felt.  Listen in and learn about their journey to advocacy, their new upcoming book along with  announcing our Advocacy Heals U cruise in September 2015!

Joni and Chris are two people who are creating ‘Healing Ties’ all around us!

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Forever, My Valentine


Love comes in all shapes, styles and forms.   NEVER let love pass you by!

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Valentines Day 2014

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After The Hospital…What’s Next?


Join us on Wednesday, February  11th at 7 pm EST on HealthCafeLive.com as we welcome    Erica Jones from Southern Health Care Management, LLC.  Erica is the Regional Director of  Admissions for Southern Health Care Management, LLC and Erica just happens to know a thing or two about Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing!  Erica understands the process from the clients perspective, and knows what questions to ask from hospital discharge to rehabilitation to placement.  As Caregivers, we are always looking for trusted resources to help us make sound decisions; Erica Jones is one of those trusted  resources!  Listen in and learn how Erica is creating “Healing Ties” all around us!

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What To Do After You Hear The Word Cancer!


Join us on Wednesday, February  4th at 7 pm EST on HealthCafeLive.com as we welcome noted author, professor, and public speaker, Dr.  Stan Goldberg to our show.  Author of seven books and numerous articles delivered around the world;  Dr. Goldberg has taught, provided therapy, and    researched in the areas of learning, change, loss and end of life issues for over 25 years.   When you hear the word ’Cancer’ what do you do, how do you react?  Our nature is to help, but sometimes we do not know how to ask to help.  As a Cancer survivor himself, Dr. Goldberg has a keen perspective on how to transform compassion into skillful behaviors. Listen in and learn how Dr. Stan Goldberg is creating ‘Healing Ties’ all around us!

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Answers for Elders on Healing Ties Radio


Join us on Wednesday, January 28th  at 7 pm EST on HealthCafeLive.com as we welcome   Suzanne Perkins-Newman and Diane Rossow from Answers for Elders.  Finding trusted resources can be one of the most difficult components a family Caregiver faces on a daily basis.  But what if there was one website that could connected you to trusted professionals that was developed by a family caregiver,  for the family caregiver?  That website is already here! Answers for Elders.com is all about empowering family Caregivers, and is the ultimate source for navigating senior care to help family Caregivers manage their day!  Listen in and learn how  Answers for Elders.com is creating ‘Healing Ties’ all around us!

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