“Patricia Pugliese is both sage and
healing heart; her gift to humanity is the
ability to hear between our words.”

– Mike Dooley, NY Times Bestselling
author of Infinite Possibilities


INTRODUCTION



Caregivers are the unsung heroes of today’s age. We all have come into this role for different reasons, and there are more of us everyday. Some of us have been Caregivers in the past and now find ourselves alone, not quite sure where to go from here. We are intelligent people who have taken on difficult tasks because we can, it’s the right thing to do and we are capable. We don’t think about why, we just do. Our capacity to give is great. Our shoulders are broad. We make it look easy. It isn’t. Tragically, we often forget to take care of ourselves in the process.

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I want to help you get back to caring for yourself. To bring forth your brilliance and enjoy the life you are living to the fullest, even while taking care of others. It’s a given, the person in your charge will be well cared for. What about you?

Your Caregiving is not by chance. It’s part of the intricate design of your life. When you can see a way to improve your daily experience, when you have clarity, your perception of the world begins to change. You notice little things at first. Your mood begins to improve as you go about your tasks. Then solutions seem to easily come to mind, where before you were overwhelmed. Anger and frustration seem like a waste of your time. You gain the courage to use your free will to make changes. You get excited at the idea of being bold. You actually do something bold!

I was a Caregiver for sixteen years for three different loved ones, while I was a financial advisor with a large corporation. By reading my blog you will know I’ve been in the trenches. I expose my personal growth hoping you will relate, and maybe make fewer mistakes than I did. I’m hoping we can connect personally, so I can help you with your individual situation.

My life has become an experiment now, one big wonderful adventure. It’s the result of observing, learning, sharing and living boldly. I hope my stories will inspire you to recognize your obligation to yourself to be all you can be in this lifetime, whatever your circumstances.

Please call or send me a message and tell me your story. Together we can find a strategy for improving your life. I offer a 30-minute no cost telephone consultation so we can just talk.

Hint: You have choices, it doesn’t have to be so hard and you’re not alone. I’m only a phone call away.

Great Loving Gift ideas for those with Hearing Loss or Low vision

Dec 14 2015 Mon

Just before Thanksgiving one year, my husband, Ed, was given a “Pocket Talker” (sound enhancer) to “just try” by a lovely lady at the Braille institute in Vista, California. It literally changed his life! He could suddenly participate in the Holiday conversation at the dinner table and enjoy those around him for the first time… Read more

Great Holiday News from The Caregiving Cornerstone!

Dec 01 2015 Tue

Before the announcements, a moment of gratitude. As I reflect on the lives of Caregivers during the holidays, where I was for sixteen years, I’m reminded of the reasons I began to blog two and a half years ago. I simply wanted to share my experiences with other Caregivers in hope that there would be… Read more

Recognizing America’s Caregivers

Jun 17 2015 Wed

“Do you fit this portrait?” Asks a recent article from Forbes’ on “Who America’s Caregivers Are And Why It Matters“. The article goes on to describe a familiar scenario: “You are a 49-year-old woman caring for a 69-year-old female relative, most likely your mother. If you have an outside job, you do that work nearly… Read more

Accept your feelings and newfound freedoms

Jun 10 2015 Wed

Recently I came across an article on the AARP website that was aptly entitled, “Feeling Relief (and Guilt) at Caregiving’s End“. In it, the article discusses the emotions that caregivers go through once their care recipient is no longer with them. Feelings of guilt or of being misunderstood, in truth there are a number of… Read more

Sleep Deprivation

Jun 03 2015 Wed

In late June 2008 my husband’s doctors still couldn’t find a way to get his anxiety level down to a point where he could sleep at night. I’m not sure he ever slept during that time. I know some will think I’m stretching the truth, but I rarely got more than twenty minutes sleep at… Read more