Everyone Has A Story

Everyone has a story, everyone has their own burdens. We are not alone, we just think we are. I urge seniors to start writing bits and pieces of their lives to leave for children and grandchildren. Imagine their faces, when they read things you did at their age. They only see you as you are now, not as you were then.

Our aging population is growing. Caregivers are being abused. There are stories every day in the newspapers about telephone scams, break-ins, and other types of scams.

Caregivers have enough on their plates, they don’t need this. What they need is a friend.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you. It all starts in the community. Your community!

You don’t know how a caregiver feels, read Behind The Mask, my secret journal that follows me for seven years of my husbands dianosis. We were the lucky ones, they changed his diagnosis, everyone else isn’t that lucky.

I am grateful! We are blessed.

Lets help wipe away some of the caregivers tears. One by one we can do this. All it takes is an email.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

A Brief Encounter

Sometimes you meet someone just briefly, yet you know deep in your being that you were supposed to meet. Maybe there is no rhyme or reason but when you are supposed to know, you will know. In the meantime be yourself, go about your every day business and when the time is right you will know.

Once in a while this person’s aura or energy or light will reach out to you.  Embrace it with all your being. If you don’t understand it, it’s still all right. Be aware, stay alert, go with the feeling and let it energize you. And if you are wrong, so what did you lose and so what? Just a little time and attention.

Then when you least expect it who knows what will happen.

I wrote this during the time I was a caregiver, while I was writing Behind The Mask.

Since I decided that my journey now is for everyone to Adopt A Caregiver, I’ve met many of these people. You just know they are put in your path to help you. Thank you and bless you.

It’s just like I said, word of mouth is potent, one by one by one we are getting the word out about Adopt A Caregiver. Several websites have approached me and said they wanted to write about my Adopt A Caregiver program, and I gave my permission. Several people have heard me speak, and want me to speak to other groups, and I have accepted.

I am so proud and grateful and blessed to have all these good people put into my path. Together we are going to make a difference in the life of the caregiver.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Thank You

Thank you to Gloria and all the men and women who came this afternoon to hear me speak about Behind The Mask, and Adopt A Caregiver. I’m so sorry that some of you could not hear me It has been a bad Fibromyalgia day, and my voice wasn’t strong eough to carry throughout the room. I appreciate your listening, and your comments, and again thank you.

Thank you to Linda Abbit for including me in your blog, www.tenderlovingeldercare. com  I will call you when we come to California. Promise.

And thank you to Elizabeth who also included me in her blog. www.genbetween.com

And coming up this week, a huge thank you to Gary and Steve who will help me straighten out my website and blog. Hopefully, it will make it easier for all of you to comment, and I would love your comments.

I am speaking to Senior Resources on Thursday.

I’d like to thank the U.S. Patent office, but I have not yet heard from them. I am trying to trademark Adopt A Caregiver. We are also talking about setting up a Non Profit this week.

Yes, I’m a busy lady. But as the doors are being opened, I am going through them., Sometimes head first, and sometimes upside down.

I feel blessed and grateful that these doors are opening, one by one.

And I feel blessed and grateful that word of mouth, which I say, is so potent, is starting to work. One by one, we will help all the caregivers. Starting in our own community.

In our community, that is how is should be, one community at a time. Every community has caregivers. Find them, befriend them. They need someone. Let it be you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

A Day Off

I’m taking the day off tomorrow. Just going to the knitting club for a little while in the morning. I need some catch up time. I’m way behind in answering my emails, that almost never happens to me. I have started making notes for my next book, and I need to type them up on the computer.

I want to relax. That means not doing very much. Maybe sitting in my black chair and thinking about my new book, how I will put those stories together. It too will be a memoir of the days following publishing my book, Behind The Mask, and what happened to make Adopt A Caregiver into my new book.

When someone in my community asks, “How do I start a memoir?”

I have answered this way: One way is to start with a traumatic event in your life and just let those words fly out of your head onto the paper.

Another way is to use ten year increments.  So that means you start with your early life, 1-10. Then you go on to your teen years, 11-20 and so on. You do not have to write in order. You can write an anecdote or scene and then write about something that happened ten years later. When you have finished, then you can go back to connect all the stories.

The important thing is to get it down on paper. don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, just let those words jump outside your head.

It’s also helpful and healthful to do this. Julia Cameron says “to write is to right.”

Behind The Mask helped me through a very rough seven years, worrying about when the Alzheimer’s my husband was diagnosed with would begin in earnest. There were many days I thought, ‘This is it, it’s today.” When his diagnosis was changed, and I showed him my secret journal, he said, “You need to publish this.”

After publication, I realized this book was every new caregivers story. And I wanted to help the caregivers and that’s how Adopt A Caregiver was born.

It takes both passion and dedication every day to do something about it. Word of mouth is spreading, it is working. Doors are opening, people are coming into my life to help me. I feel blessed and I vow to spend the rest of my life helping caregivers. Maybe together we can wipe away some of their tears.

One day this will be a non profit organization, one day everyone will know what Adopt A Caregiver is. And one day when you type into Google search, the words Adopt A Caregiver, they will come up first.

Thank you all for your support and help and for opening doors for me that I never  thought possible.

You are in my blessings every night.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene