TakingCareofGrandma.com Turns 2 Making Caregiversaries a thing

What’s your day that lives in infamy? *GIVEAWAY ALERT*

Dates can hold a lot of weight for us. They are tangible reminders of past turning points, wins, traumas and losses.

My day that lives in infamy is 5/23/2015. That was the day that unfolded into the events that led to me becoming my grandma’s primary caregiver. I call it my caregiversary.

As the date inched closer in my first year of caring for Grandma, I felt myself staring at the date on the calendar and feeling all kinds of ways. My life changed forever that day. How come I was the only one making a big deal out of it?

It came and went… just a blip in time. I mourned the opportunity to make a big deal out of the day that had the largest impact on my life to date. I was determined that the next year would be different. That’s when TakingCareofGrandma was born. I launched TCG in 2017 as my way of commemorating my caregiving journey.

You see, even though we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and other major milestones, caregiversaries aren’t celebrated. Maybe it’s because they often occur in the midst of crisis. Maybe it’s because they tend to mark the beginning of the inevitable.

Creative minds in the caregiving world are working to change that. Jenn Chann, at The Senior Shower Project is one example of a person working on making caregiving something to celebrate. Learn a little more here: (http://rachelh15.sg-host.com/introducing-tcg-blogiversary-celebrity-guest-jenn-chan/)

My friend and fellow CCC, Dannelle LeBlanc, is working to change that. She created CAREGIVESTRY, a one-of-a-kind gift registry for people who care, and it is now OPEN!

Logo: Caregivestry

Whether you provide care in your own home, across town, or across the country, CAREGIVESTRY is a way for people to say THANK YOU to all who walk the difficult journey of caregiving!

Caregivestry is all about CELEBRATING your caregiving journey, so in honor of my caregiversary, CAREGIVESTRY and I will have something special for my loyal followers on May 23, 2019!

This AMAZING giveaway box includes:

  • Caregivestry Coloring Book/Planner (with crayons)
  • Green & Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Alaska Bear Eye Mask
  • “I’d Love Your Help With” sticky notes
  • Organic Lavendar Essential Oil from France


This super sweet box can be yours if you both:

  1. Comment below and tell me who you care(d) for and when your caregiversary is!
  2. Like TakingCareofGrandma.com on Facebook


Giveaway comments and Likes for all giveaways must be completed by 5/30/19 at 11:59 Hawaii time.

Check out Caregivestry and create your own care registry at caregivestry.com

6 thoughts on “What’s your day that lives in infamy? *GIVEAWAY ALERT*

  1. I have 2 caregiversaries. Nov 8, 2008 was the day my son was in a tragic wreck. His head injury was life altering… and I’m still his full time caregiver. May 2, 2018 I also took on the care of my aunt and I’m now her caregiver as well.

    1. Jeanie, WOW! Thanks for sharing. It completely missed me that I had another one too! Many are likely to have more than one. Welcome to the blogiversary party 😀

  2. I think it is way more common than we realize to have more than one person to care for at a time, and we need to share our stories as you are doing. We seem to have no frame of reference at all around caregiving – until suddenly, we do. Then caregiving can cross generations with a child and a parent both in need, or we hit a stage – like both parents moving into aging issues together. Whatever it is, it’s good to share our stories. My own day of infamy changed the entire direction of my career in order to help caregivers like you and me. Quite an effect.

    1. You’re absolutely right! One day we’re moving along down our path, and then the next day, everything changes and you literally have your loved one’s life in your hands. Caregiving has a lasting effect on everyone it touches!

  3. I take care of my Grandma Wilma, She moved in with me on November 29th, 2016. We recently started an instagram page @wilmaonketo

    1. Hi Becky! Thanks for stopping by the party and for sharing your caregiversary!

      I will be sure to peep you out on IG! It’s nice to meet you 🙂

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