What is My “Why”? An Unlikely Story
Hi, clients, partners, collaborators, and friends. Welcome again to my virtual support community and July blog.
We often refer to our “why” or passion when we discuss what motivates us to help our clients, patients, or attendees. I was recently asked to share my story and journey with my mother at a Walk to End Alzheimer's event. These were the main points.
If you had told me the following scenario 15 years ago, I’d have told you it was extremely improbable.
- My mother, Sheila, would show signs of dementia while caring herself for my late stepfather, lose her home in Hurricane Katrina’s path of destruction, and have her health and ability to create beautiful art stolen by Alzheimer’s?
- I’d move her here to Oregon and join her on an excruciating 10-year journey?
- After her passing in 2013 at age 83, I would become a support group leader, a volunteer to raise funds and awareness, and advocate for additional research dollars, all in my mother’s honor and memory?
- And finally I’d make a transition from retirement from a 25-year public sector job to an “encore career” helping families whose loved ones are living with dementia as a caregiving support consultant?
Unbelievable, right? But that’s exactly what happened. What may sound like fiction to you was me and my family’s reality.
Since then I’ve devoted my life to helping and supporting family caregivers on their own challenging journey with their loved ones, working diligently to ease others’ pain, and helping to find a cure.
As I like to say, I turned my personal loss into my passion by helping families with advice, guidance, resources and referrals to help them save time and money, and to reduce their stress.
What is most gratifying is to hear something like what a caregiving client said:
"Your support and services are making a huge difference for me! I am in much better shape than when we met and now starting to get things lined up. You have been such a help. I am name dropping you all over ... including to several providers I have told about you (plus family members elsewhere who are very impressed with your website)! You've been a life saver for me, so thank you again!"
So that is my “why”.
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