Starting My Blog

Last Update: December 30, 2012
I have been putting off blogging on my website, but I think it is high time to get started. My niche is so personal to me, but I want to help others who have to face the decisions and searching for answers to help them care for their sick and elderly parents. I cannot say I was unwilling, more that I was afraid and scared I would make the wrong decision or do the wrong thing. No one prepares you for dealing with the process of your parents dying, much less how to care for them during this process.

My blog entries will be from my experiences and those of others who share their stories with me. I want to give to other children who are dealing with the care of elderly parents a guide and list and solid information all in one spot to give them a starting point. I had no idea where to look, what to look for, nothing. I can relate to others' frantic searches online for more information, for help and support. Not knowing reliable sources from junk, and running into sites and forums that want you to join for a certain amount of money and so on.

One thing I can say is, that if my site makes money, fine. If it helps people, that is what I want it to do. I know the feeling of helplessness, fear, sadness and the raw emotions when you find out nothing can be done and your momma has about two months to live. I wish I could have went to a site that understood and had information and resources to go to without Googling everything and finding everything but what you needed.

I will be asking WA members to check my site out and tell me what they think, advise and things I need to do and so on in the next few days. I want to do this right, it is too important to me not to do it that way. I know that I can count on you to help me and guide me, that is something that I truly love about being here. Thanks!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad you posted this. I cared for my mother for 3 years of Hospice. If you ever need an ear to just sound out to, give me a shout. :)
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WVLadyRebel Premium
Thanks so much Shawn. You may be asked to write an article for the site on your experiences, I know I will have information on ALS, as well as Alzheimer's and other dementias and my husband will be doing the ones on ALS from where he and his brothers and sisters cared for their mom when she was diagnosed with ALS. She didn't last long but they treasured the time they spent with her each day and night as they took turns caring for her.

I will definitely give a shout out to you! Thanks so much, again!
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terryfyi1 Premium
Giving without expectation or entitlement is refreshing. All the best in 2013 and I know your site will touch people and move them to positive action.
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WVLadyRebel Premium
I certainly hope so. I am still trying to figure out about some of my content on my static pages. Much of my info is concerning topics on Alzheimer's, and specific diseases, diet and nutrition for seniors and the elderly and tips and checklists of things families need to be sure they have before mom or dad are too ill to approve POA for both medical and personal decisions, and I am not sure what to do about the pages. Should I add the actual pages to my website and just list them on the Resouces page or what? I am having a bit of writer's block or whatever. Any advise would be appreciated.
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dz117 Premium
Hey LadyRebel! I know what it is like to take care of an elderly parent. I am now 30 years old, but when I was about 26 my dad fell sick and he was around 83 at that time. It was a lot on my shoulders. I won't go into details here, but I can sympathize with you. My dad is 87 now and doing better than before, but he still needs that extra care. I'm glad you're putting a site out to help people. Best wishes!
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WVLadyRebel Premium
dz117, it is difficult to find things when you are upset or worried. I got so frustrated I cried. Now that my parents have gone to Heaven, I can provide as much information about elder care as I can find and give my personal stories so others can understand they are not alone and not have to search high and low for information.

It is also proving to be very theraputic as I am finally expressing my thoughts and feelings and emotions of those years in a positive way. Thank you for your best wishes. I will be putting another blog on when I am ready to show people the site so be watching so you can offer ideas and things from your perspective. You could even share some of your experiences with your dad. Happy New Year!
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Good Ok let me know...
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WVLadyRebel Premium
I will post another blog and ask for all of you to check the site out and give advise and ideas, opinions, etc. It should be in a couple days. Thank you
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Chieftess Premium
I lost my mother three years ago, LadyRebel, after a long and very difficult illness. It's a good thing you're doing. I needed a lot more help than I got :)
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WVLadyRebel Premium
My mom passed away on Sept. 3, 2009 of cancer. I lost my dad Feb. 14, 2011 of complications with his lungs and Alzheimer's. I have since tried to gather sources and information to put on the site and in the blog to help others. It is so stressful and when you cannot find the sources and resources and help you need. Thank you and I hope when you check out my site you will give your thoughts and views also. Happy New Year!
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