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    Invisible Army

    This is a love letter to all the 53 million family caregivers out there. XOXO HZ
    Dear “Invisible Army”,
    As we approach National Family Caregiver Month I want you to know I am here for you.
    I am your advocate, defender, and non-judgemental friend you may lean on.
    I hear your secret cries in the shower, cars, and bathroom stalls alone.
    I understand the frustration and sadness of what was and what is.
    I see YOU when you are in the shadows and behind the scenes making sure your loved ones have the spotlight as you find your light fading.
    All 53 million of you.
    I feel your isolation, pain, guilt, shame, and loss of self.
    I share in your triumph of having 15 minutes alone.
    I grant you grace when you are barely treading water.
    I will emphasize self-compassion for you are only human.
    I will breathe with you when the doctor brushes you off, because how could you who are on the clock 24/7 and deal with crisis after crisis on a daily basis possibly know what is going on with your loved one when you didn’t choose to go into this field.
    I will advocate for you when work questions “Again? Didn’t something just happen?” Yes, I will say with you and say yes it did just happen and it will happen again and again and thank you for the support and shared understanding.
    I will not apologize anymore with you for the chaos that is ours and embrace it.
    I hand you my voice to advocate for yourself.
    I give permission to you to start putting boundaries so you may find your joy again.
    I empower you to dig into your trauma and acknowledge your grief.
    I will hold this safe space for you to begin your forgiveness journey of self and others.
    I gift you light and love to fill the cracks of your broken heart and spirit so you may begin to rebuild both to become stronger and greater.
    I laugh with you at the healing power of dark humor.
    I will challenge you to find the beauty in this brutal life we lead.
    I will gladly conduct this hot mess express and advance us into the light.
    I want you to know I am here for you.
    I am your advocate, defender, and non-judgemental friend you may lean on.
    One of Fifty-three million.
    #Disability #thanksgiving2018 #caring #agere #seniorcare #Dementia #seniorliving #griefsupport #SafeSpace #socialworker #ageregression #families #sfwlittlespace #ddlb #patient #littlespacecommunity #firstaid #Caregiving #babycore #Caregivers #patientcare #elderlycare #assistedliving #eldercare #alzheimersawareness #ageregressioncommunity #ageregressionsfw #onlinecounselling #homehealthcare #Caregiversupport #nationalfamilycaregiver


    I wrote a little something. For every Caregiver. For each of you♥️

    A wild soul. A heart that pleads for rest.

    Though, should it be in loves name

    will complete each labyrinth and quest.

    As it guides through the inferno

    As it sees through the night

    Gentle in nature

    Nurtures one back to life

    At the threshold

    Between now and when you go

    Hand over your doubts

    There is so much that you know

    Rise each day in faith

    It's never very far

    Never forget,

    Love is all that you are.

    #Caregiving #Caregivers #Caregiverburnout #Caregiversupport

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    Emotional Wellbeing in Parent Caregivers

    My new book Day by Day: Emotional Wellbeing in Parents of Disabled Children is published on Friday 7th May.

    I felt the wellbeing of parent carers was rarely considered by professionals, society or even the parents themselves.

    I have been researching emotional wellbeing for the last four years. As a Counselling Psychologist and Parent Carer to my son, I wanted to share what I’ve learnt along the way to:

    🌿 ensure no one felt alone in their difficulties

    🌿 give voice to the many difficult emotions Parent Carers can experience, often all at the same time. It really is a rollercoaster

    🌿 share what other parent carers find useful

    🌿 bring the research, which is often inaccessible, to parents
    #parentcarers #Caregiving #Caregivers #Caregiversupport #Caregiverstress #parentcarerwellbeing #specialneedsparents #autismmom #SpecialNeeds #SpecialNeedsFamilies #SpecialNeedsParent

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    What gives you peace? ☮️

    Caregivers, probably more than anyone, need to find a little peace in their life. For me it’s the beach 🏖

    #Caregiversupport #Caregiving #AvoidBurnout