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FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN / 599,616,000 Seconds of Service – So Far / Editorial List

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Gary Barg



599,616,000 Seconds of Service – So Far

Tomorrow, as we celebrate America’s anniversary with fireworks, parades and pie, we at Caregiver Media Group will be celebrating another anniversary, as well. (More pie! Yay!)

It was on a very rainy fourth day in July, 1995, that I went to a printer’s loading dock to pick up the first issue of Today’s Caregiver magazine.  Nine months earlier, I had returned to South Florida to help my mom as she cared for our grandparents. This was shortly after Mom’s caregiving ended for my dad, who developed bone marrow cancer within a few months of retiring in 1990. 

I had always admired my mom, but never more than when I had stepped into her world as a family caregiver. I met so many family caregivers as I endeavored to help Mom those early months and found that each one of them had solved at least one piece of the caregiving puzzle that other caregivers needed, but there was no forum for sharing this wisdom.

I met so many caregivers who were feeling they were the only person in the world going through the challenges of family caregiving, that I was sure there had to be a magazine in existence to help us as we care for our loved ones. I visited every bookstore (remember those?) and library, but could find nothing that would fit the bill. Fast forward nine months and Today’s Caregiver magazine was born. A few months later, we created caregiver.com and our mission of caregiver support went national, and indeed international.

I am grateful to each of our readers, visitors and attendees at the Fearless Caregiver Conferences. I learn so very much from every interaction about the nature of love, community, shared grief and the wisdom that can only be found in conversations with caregivers. Not to mention one of the greatest tools that family caregivers can have at their disposal – humor.

We look forward to many more years of supporting, advising, educating and learning from this and every nation’s true healthcare heroes – family caregivers.

Now, speaking of seconds, I think I’ll have some more pie.   


Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

gary@caregiver.com







 

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