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To All Members of the Community,

I have just spent almost 5 hours reading the posts at the boards since May. I realize it is time to update you on what is happening here at the site and with me.

In March of 2007 I made the decision to resign from National Organization for Empowering Caregivers. As of June 1st last year, I did.

And quite truthfully, I had burned out so much from caregiving and helping others, I had no desire to write newsletters, maintain the site, etc. I had just lost interest.

As many of you know, I chose at this time, to reclaim my own life. It has been a huge undertaking as it is always easier helping someone else before ourselves. I know many of you can attest to this.

My health was failing as I have stated before. About 7 years ago, I had a huge weight gain of 70lbs in three months without changing my diet. At the end of 3 months I was diagnosed menopausal and with hypothryoidism with weakened adrenal glands; I also had aches all over while I attributed it all to grieving all my losses, I also was inclined to believe that I was depressed and anxious, although I was never diagnosed as such. Many doctors attributed it to the grief and to the thyroid and meopause because I was still functioning normally? Working etc digging out of my own grave from the overwhelm and burnout.

During the past few years, I totally understood that it was me who had to take charge of my life. I have sought out various medical treatment both in western and alternative traditions. There are products I have incorporated into my daily life that I will be sharing with you in the near future.

I had written an article in the past here at the site about part of my healing journey in terms of seeking medical treatment. I hope to write more about the process to date because the information will be of great value to many of you.

I am 60 years old. I must say for the first time in my life, I am happy... truly happy.. and not in need for anything. Yes, I am still on this physical plane. I would still like to be in a relationship again... I still enjoy nice things.. etc.. but the peace had to come from within... and no one.. no thing could do this for me...

I have also immersed myself in my ceramics, something that truly makes my heart sing and I have reached the state of as an emerging artist. I hope to be able to travel to diffierent countries for 3-4 months each year as a participant in artist in residence programs, I have also been designing a web site for selling my art. These past few months, I have been travelling for my ceramics in areas that do not have internet access.

Now that I am feeling better, I am hoping to renew interest in partaking at the Empowering Caregivers site.

I have chosen to keep the Empowering Caregivers web site alive as it supports so many in their time of need in so many ways. Since we are no longer a non profit, the money to sustain it has come from my own pocket.

Currently, the site has seen well over a half million visitors with no advertising or promotion of any kind. I will be rethinking a plan of action to maintain it within the next few months and will keep you posted when some decisions are made.

If any of you have any ideas or suggestions for its future growth; if you would like to contribute financially or give of your time, please let me know at grm4love@care-givers.com.

I will keep you abreast of happenings as they are revealed to me...

Richest blessings to all

gail
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