Thirty years ago, a young woman struggled to wrap her mind around a hateful new reality following the horrific car accident she endured. As she fought for life, independence, and every footstep, others hoped for the best—but many secretly felt a promising career, voice, and life was prematurely shut down by trauma, pain, and disability. Gracie Parker was only 17 years old at the time of her wreck, but she’d […]
In Sickness and Health: Romance and Disability
Raising a family and keeping love alive in a marriage with a spouse who is constantly sick or in severe pain is an extreme challenge; one with many casualties. The divorce rate in couples with a disability in the family hovers around 90% and relationships with a disability or chronic medical condition face significant pressures on the love holding the marriage together. In my […]
Joni Eareckson-Tada, Ken shares his thoughts on Romance/Marriage when a spouse has a disability.
Ken also share his about the recent Academy Award Nomination for the song sung by Joni …and then the Academy’s decision to rescind the nomination.
Listen to this episode of Peter Rosenberger’s Show (heard weekly on 1510 WLAC) when he interviews Rep. Sherry Jones of the Tennessee House of Representatives discussing the bill she sponsored (HB 1385) to legalize medical marijuana.
- Is science driving this …or sentiment?
- Are doctors clamoring for this …or patients?
- Is there science to show the efficacy?
- Once legal, will the next step be to force insurance companies to put this on the formulary?
Recently I spoke at a conference where I was introduced as an “expert in caregiving.”
I get that a lot—mostly because people don’t what to call me, so referring to a vernacular that connects, I am attributed expert status.
Thinking on that title, I remain conflicted. Certainly when it comes to caregiving for my wife, I am hands down the best there is—I win by default because no one else has logged the hours. In addition to years of on the […]
On November 18, 1983, 17-year-old Gracie slammed into a cement abutment while traveling at 70 mph.
- Listen to the […]
“How can you laugh when you’ve served as a caregiver for nearly thirty years through all the brutal challenges that your family continues to endure?”
This was how a conversation started recently when talking to a woman caring for her aging parents. Continuing on, she stated, “I love to laugh and carry on, but when the topic comes to my family and the heartbreak I am facing right now with my dying folks— I just can’t go there.”
Laughter is a […]
In my experience, I have discovered that the greatest issue caregivers struggle with is not insurance but rather assurance: they’re frightened, burned-out, and daily wondering if they will survive caring for their loved one. Drawing upon my own three-decade journey of leading my family through a medical nightmare, I decided to wade into this pressing issue – and offer insights learned from the school of hard knocks.
Serving as a caregiver “…since the Cold War,” I’ve had ample time to […]
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. - Henry Kissinger
Today’s 65 million caregivers often find themselves pulling their hair out as they find their lifestyle dramatically altered by the constant challenges involved in caring for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one.
Forget trying to plan a vacation as a caregiver, it is usually a major event just to go to see a movie! Starting out each morning anticipating the “crisis du […]