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This project aims to develop a new education and group support intervention for #black #families and #carers supporting a relative with #Psychosis


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

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Family wounds cut deep

It’s amazing how quickly tears well in my eyes when others share stories of what a great relationship they have with their moms or dads or both. Or even their family.

I didn’t want to bring someone down so I’m posting here instead. The wound from a broken family unit will always be there - but it’s not my place to talk about my stuff when others are sharing theirs.

I grieve this type of thing especially as I parent my own children. My oldest was talking about different places he might want to live. He’s only just barely 14 so he’s got a while but I had to hold back tears. And I reassured him that if the time comes for him to move away I will support him. I can’t make him feel like he has to stay near because of me.


#Parenting #families #CPTSD #Brokenfamily

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In your relationship, how do you and your partner cope daily and/or thrive through your chronic illness? What's your greatest fear for the future?

Some days it can be overwhelming, not just for the one with chronic illness, but for those supporting them. Some days we all need help and advice for how to keep going, not just individually, but as couples. What have you done or walked through that can help otghers #Marriage #ChronicIllness #Support #Love #Partners #couples #families #Family

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#COVID19 Solutions

So, I was quiet all day yesterday because I spent the past, about, 36 hours researching, reading articles, making sure they have the quality I wanted, and helpful resources. This article was written after I saw several posts about people judging those who are out doing seemingly "non-essential" things. My logical mind forces me to see both sides of those posts, though, so I still see the need for at least trying as hard as we can to abide by the guidelines. I looked for an article with actual solutions for all of these issues that was already written and covered everything, but I couldn't find one, so I wrote one, hoping to offer some creative workaround for some of the things we normally use to survive life. Visit the link in my profile #COVID19 #Cov ıd19 #coronavirus #quarantine #AloneTogether #Isolation #pandemic2020 #ChronicIllness #Disability #Autism #MentalHealth #Parenting #families #DomesticViolence #fibrowarriors #Fibromyalgia #Anxiety