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Sharing The Light

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill

Richard and I  had a Christmas Eve tradition where he would make a reservation at one 20161219_220258of his favorite restaurants for Christmas Eve dinner and then we would take a ride down A1A in Palm Beach and Broward Counties to look at the spectacular Christmas lights adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.   We would always marvel at the tremendous configurations of lights as we motored down the road.   A palm tree wrapped in Christmas lights is something you just don’t see in Brooklyn or St. Louis.  I’ve made the same trip down memory lane the last two Christmas Eve’s and plan to do the ride again this Saturday on Christmas eve 2016.

It is amazing to me that I am approaching my third Holiday Season without Richard. (I use Holiday only because Richard was Jewish and I am Catholic)  My,  how time does fly!

The first Christmas without Richard was difficult.  One of the events that got me through the ride was Caregiving.com 36-Hour Christmas Care Chat.  While chats are available just about 24/7 on Caregiving.com, this chat was special, at least to me.  I will never forgot the kindness of the volunteer, @RoaringMouse,  that Christmas Eve in 2014.   We chatted for I guess almost an hour, we laughed, we cried, we reminisced… we were just there for each other.   Thanks to my chat with @RoaringMouse  I understood that while this ride would be different, the ride  would be just as meaningful as it was the year before when Richard was sitting next to me in the passengers seat. @RoaringMouse helped me  realized that I really was not alone on that first Christmas without Richard.

Caregiving.com 36-Hour chat starts this Saturday at noon and will continue on through midnight on Christmas night.  “Volunteers who understand” just like @RoaringMouse, will be there to lend support,  and be there for you, no matter where you are on your caregiving journey.   I know I will never ever forget, and will be forever grateful, for my time with @RoaringMouse on Christmas Eve 2014.

wpid-wp-1419525603576.jpegSure,  that old cliche’ is true, time heals all wounds, but wounds heal in their own time.  Each one of us adjusts differently when the one we love makes their life transition.  My mind tells me that he is forever pain free, my faith tells me that I will see him again, my heart tells me he will be sitting right next to me on our drive on Saturday night.

Sometimes in order to move forward,  we just have to look back on our past. 

Visit Caregiving.com to learn more about the 36-Hour CareGiving Chat and how you might be able to participate.

No matter where you are on your caregiving journey, you’ll be glad that you stopped by for a cup of comfort.



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On Tuesday’s ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ Show with Rob Harris…


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On Tuesday’s ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ show,  we had a wonderful conversation with acclaimed Caregiving author Rob Harris.   Rob, who cares for his wife Cindy,  has written a beautiful book, ‘We’re In This Together: A Caregivers Story.’  Rob’s book takes us on a Caregiver’s journey that is heartfelt, real and without a doubt, a true love story.   While reading the book, I felt as if I was sitting in Rob and Cindy’s living room,  having a conversation with them while sharing a cup of coffee.    Rob’s ability to pinpoint his 70 Caregiving tips to his real life Caregiving experience, is a must read for anyone who is, will be, or has been a caregiver.  There is a reason Rob’s book has been a #1 Amazon.com best seller in the Physicians & Patient category.  I highly recommend, ‘We’re In This Together: A Caregivers Story.‘  You will not be able to put the book down!  You can purchase Rob’s book through Amazon.com 

You can listen to our conversation from Tuesday’s  ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ show by simply clicking here.

For more information on Rob and to follow his blog, Facebook Page and Twitter updates, please visit his website at www.robcares.com or simply click the icon below. robharrismural





The Fab 4 together

The Fab Four

Blog Talk Radio

Be sure to join us every Tuesday at 1:00pm for ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver on Blog Talk Radio.  Yes, we are on the air next Tuesday, Christmas afternoon with ‘The Fab Four’ …no, not those guys from England;  My four fabulous sisters!   Having a sister is like having a friend for life,  I am lucky enough to have four!  My Caregiving genes are rooted through the love and care my sisters have demonstrated to me over the years.  Our conversation Tuesday will be fun and upbeat.  After this half hour, you will know  why they are the ‘Fab Four’!



Remember:  We might have Cancer…But Cancer Does Not Have Us! 


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We have plenty to be thankful for today on this beautiful Christmas morning and wanted to share our gratitude with you.

Our journey has just begun; pleased with the outcome of the pet scan we still have a long way to go in order to build up strength in order to keep the big ‘C’ at bay. We have quite a bit more work to do!

For all those who are experiencing the trauma of cancer in your life know of our heart felt love and support.

For all the care givers know that your love and commitment never goes unnoticed!

Merry Christmas to all and
‘Thank You’ for reading ”The Purple Jacket.’ We look ahead with anticipation, courage and thankful for the love and support of our family and friends.

We have cancer; but cancer does not have us!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and peace and love to all.





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