Episode 126: Life After Caregiving

After ten years of caring for three different family members who died four months apart, Andrea McMillan woke up to the realization that she was no longer responsible for the well-being of anyone but herself and her healthy daughter.  On today’s show, Andrea talks...

Episode 91: A New Normal

A year ago on the podcast Lisa Howland told of quitting her job to be a full-time caregiver for her father, who has Parkinson’s disease, and of hiding the knives in her house because of his increasingly aggressive behavior — associated with his later diagnosis...

Episode 61: Fighting For Life

In a span of five years Valerie Bourdain lost her daughter to adrenal cancer, her mother to lung cancer and her father to leukemia.  Her husband left the marriage midway through their daughter’s cancer journey.  Valerie forged ahead as the sole caregiver for all three...

Turn and Face the Strange

So said David Bowie in “Changes,” a song about reinvention, defying your critics and stepping out on your own. Most people resist change.  They fear loss of control, uncertainty and surprise.  What if I fail?  Will there be more work?  Will I have to learn something...