FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
An Exquisite Caregiver/
A few months ago, it was made public that Dana Reeve had been
diagnosed with lung cancer. As caregivers, we know all too well
that multiple tragedies can happen to one family, but it was
still a shockingly unexpected announcement to hear. Even more
shocking was the announcement Tuesday morning that Dana had lost
her battle with the disease. Our thoughts are, of course, with
their son Will and the rest of the Reeve family. This family
that had given so very much hope, love and support to those
living with paralysis, need all of our prayers and good wishes
as they go through these trying times.
I think it is important to remember Dana
Reeve as more than just a dedicated activist and/or as the wife
of Christopher Reeve, she was a loving mother and daughter (she
took time out from helping her parents move into a new home for
our 1998 interview) a terrific singer and actress and she gave
me lots of material for my speeches over the years. Within our
interview, she spoke so candidly, that I was wondering if she
knew or cared that her words would be published. I still refer
to these words today. She spoke of the “Mental Bubble Bath”,
getting friends and family members to help as you deal with the
healthcare system, finding wisdom from other family caregivers
and how to best work with insurance companies.
Bless you, Dana, for all you have done for
your fellow caregivers, you will be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace.
may be made in Dana's memory to the Christopher Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 or online at
The Dana Reeve Interview