FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Fearless Winners, All /
Last week, I found myself in rooms filled with
family and Fearless Caregivers in such varied
locales as Birmingham, Alabama and Toledo, Ohio. We
are so very excited about the response we received
at the first annual Birmingham Fearless Caregiver
Conference that was held on Halloween. To spend the
day with so many caregivers was a gift in itself, so
receiving a proclamation from the mayor of Homewood
stating that the day of the event was henceforward
to be called Fearless Caregiver Day in Homewood was
just icing on the cake.
A caregiver came up to me and mentioned that she
had entered the Fearless
Caregiver Story Contest on caregiver.com and was
keeping her fingers crossed about winning one of the
top ten positions. Today’s Caregiver
magazine launched the Fearless Caregiver Story
Contest last month and there are a few more weeks to
enter your favorite Fearless Caregiving story. I
must say that voting will be a daunting task since
the entries are all so darned good. Where else can
you find such sentences as these?
- I am the only one who knows what my
family’s fears, medical history, finances and
physical needs are. Making myself aware of
resources, illness terminology, and natural
progressions of disease is my greatest weapon.
- That is why I urge all caregivers to be
vigilant about the care our loved ones receive.
We are their eyes, their voices, their ears and
their advocates like no other.
- To all dedicated caregivers, make time to
discuss important decisions with family members
and if something does not feel right, speak up.
Your patient has complete trust in you. You are
his guardian angel.
- After a restless, sleepless night, I began
to collect my thoughts and decided a battle was
about to begin. My husband was not being treated
fairly and he was unable to pursue this
Add your voice and your wisdom to the contest.
Judging ends on December 20th. You can win
cash and prizes if your entry is one of the top ten
vote getters; but as far as I am concerned, all the
caregivers who read the entries are winners in their