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: (https://takingcareofgrandma.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!
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
HOW TO WIN
This super sweet box can be yours if you both:
- Comment below and tell me who you care(d) for and when your caregiversary is!
- Like TakingCareofGrandma.com on Facebook
The winner will be announced live at the TCG Blogiversary Party on 5/23/19 at 8:00pm central.
Check out Caregivestry and create your own care registry at caregivestry.com