Red Hat Women

To all the twenty-four women who came to my house yesterday to hear me talk about Behind The Mask, which is every new caregivers story, I loved having you there. My book creates more understanding about what caregivers are going through, which creates more thoughtfulness and compassion.

You listened, you questioned, you contributed, and I think you truly cared about my adopt a caregiver program, and for that I thank you with all my heart.

One by one we can get the word out, that all caregivers, not matter which diagnosis, need a friend, a boost, a joke, an email, something to brighten their day.

One thing I never made clear, you need the caregivers permission to start this friendship, explain to them how you heard about my program and what my vision is for adopt a caregiver.

My vision is simple. Some day maybe adopt a caregiver will be a non profit organization, maybe we will have pages where caregivers can leave their name, a little bit of their story, and then those kind people who are willing to give back will adopt them.

My first caregiver that I adopted, and back then, I didn’t realize I adopted her, but I’ve been writing to her since 1993. We are .. friends. We share of lives, send each other cookies sometimes and I listen to her vent. It’s been so long for her, since her husband is still alive, that I know in my heart she has given up her whole life for him, to take good care of him. And she does it unselfishly. But it’s been so long now, that most have abandoned her. I’m so sorry. She lives far away, about 3,000 miles.

My idea should start within our own community. Every community should have an adopt a caregiver program. You don’t have to join anything, give money to anyone, all you have to do is listen and when you hear someone is a new caregiver, reach out. They need someone.

Those Red Hat ladies were wonderful and I hope each and every one of them will tell someone else about my program. Actually, it’s everyone’s program. Thank you ladies.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

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