THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Setting Roles, Boundaries and Limits in Mothering a Complex Child

One day a few months ago, fellow disability Mom and writer Jennifer Johannesen sat down with me for a chat.  (I highly recommend Jennifer’s book and her blog– they are at the top of my favourites list.)  In a previously published portion of our chat, I introduced Nicholas and our family life. Here, I discuss ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Getting What You Need From A Doctor Appointment

Consider this:  an appointment with a doctor is similar to an important business meeting.  The better prepared you are, the more profitable the results of the meeting will be.  On the ‘bad’ end of the scale, the meeting will have no agenda.  Recent events will be only partially remembered and poorly communicated.  At the end ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: How to Advocate for Care: Part 1

Advocating for care is a complicated task.  The job of caregiving does not discriminate on the basis of family income, race, education or employment status.  Anyone, anytime can find themselves suddenly thrust into the position of giving care to a loved one.  And if the care needs are high, the caregiver will quickly become exhausted ...