Tag Archives: caregivers

I Don’t Kid Myself

The interaction took place several years ago and probably lasted less than a full minute, but it left an impression on me so intense that it is never far from my thoughts these days. A former caregiver and I took … Continue reading

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Give Me Dignity…

In one of my college classes, someone shared his opinion that when Patrick Henry said “give me liberty or give me death,” he meant that if he could not be in control of his life, then he didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Either Way, I’m Okay…

A caregiver and I were out and about running errands one afternoon a few years ago and decided to stop in a restaurant for lunch before heading home.  Looking the hostess in the eye, I said that we needed a … Continue reading

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Silence Can Be Bliss…

It was the beginning of June, an extremely hot day this past summer. My caregiver Michael and I had spent the afternoon, as usual, running errands and doing necessary things around the house like cooking and laundry. There was about … Continue reading

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It’s a Kick…

The list of things that I like to do has always been both long and diverse. Here are a few examples.  Empower people and help others feel good about themselves.  Watch movies.  Challenge negative perceptions.  Advocate.  Cook.  Go for strolls … Continue reading

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Me Beside You. That’s Better…

I have to admit I haven’t read the book. The movie won’t be out for about a week yet. All I have done is watch the trailer, and I can already tell I won’t like the story. Me Before You … Continue reading

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Stay With Me

It’s a complicated issue. Stay with me. I have made no secret on this blog about the fact that I have a psychiatric disability as well as a physical one, and I am willing to talk about it as much … Continue reading

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